elvis presley’s wallaby

true story: i love me some elvis.

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and not just young elvis. or movie elvis. all elvis.

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as a little girl, i sincerely and truly with every fiber of my being believed he was alive.

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and yet, if we’ve learned anything from our discovery of tippi hedren’s lion or vanilla ice’s wallaroo, it’s that celebrities can surprise you.

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i have loved elvis for decades, and only just discovered he once had a wallaby.

what’s a wallaby, you ask?

well, it’s any animal belonging to the kangaroo family but smaller than a kangaroo and which “has not been designated otherwise”, which is kind of clear as mud. what we do know, thanks to vanilla ice, is that when a wallaby mates with a kangaroo… voilà!  wallaroos are born.

and in 1957, as a joke, a hollywood booking agent sent elvis one:

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he gave it to overton zoo.

companionship was apparently a problem.

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and then, sad story (with a creepy headline), 13 august 1962:

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that was connecticut. the tennessee papers were a bit more revealing:

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WALLABY MURDER AS REVENGE. snap.

elvis seems not to have made any comment.

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