Man who keeps pet kangaroos is taking fight to high court

TWELVE years after his red kangaroo named Mitchell was taken from his Hervey Bay home by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service officers, Colin Candy is now preparing to take the case all the way to the High Court of Australia.

After several lengthy court cases and failed appeals in which he has tried to sue the State Government for compensation, Mr Candy admits the battle has left him depressed and on the edge of bankruptcy.

He and his wife are now divorced and he has lost contact with one of his daughters.

Mr Candy knows the court battles he has fought have played a devastating role in his life.

He no longer has the money for expensive lawyers and intends to represent himself in court.

Mr Candy had to sell his house to cover his expenses as he travelled between Brisbane and Hervey Bay for the court hearings.

He now lives by himself in his Torquay home where he keeps five kangaroos that he has hand-raised.

Mr Candy argues that the red kangaroo is not a protected species and therefore not under the jurisdiction of State or Federal laws.

In addition to seeking compensation for mental anguish, the loss of his home and the loss of the kangaroo, Mr Candy is fighting for a law to recognise the rights of those who raise native animals so they will be able to keep the animals without a permit, acknowledging the animals have become domesticated.