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Meet the two-legged dog who hops around like a kangaroo

Roo has only her two hind legs to help her from A(ustralia) to B(ritain).

1496732_763342740401720_7997271160718632614_n Roo was born with three legs but lost another. Source: Facebook/SafeRescueFor Dogs

MEET ROO, THE two-legged dog that gets around by hopping around on her hind legs.

The five-month-old crossbreed was rescued by UK animal charity Safe Rescue for Dogs who are seeking help to pay for the puppy’s weekly therapy.

Safe Rescue says that Roo was born in Romania with one leg missing and the other lost in an accident, or possibly after being chewed off by another dog.

She has been adopted by a Northumberland couple who say they “fell in love” with her.

“Roo doesn’t know any different to hopping on her two back legs but she still laps up all the fuss from people who always stop and do a double take when they see her because they think she is a kangaroo,” according to nurse Nikki Dick.

“At first glance she really does look like a kangaroo and even stands up on her back legs and hops along too. She’s perfectly happy and pain free and vets are very happy with her progress.”

10410220_763342790401715_8186063657425507746_n Source: Facebook/SafeRescueFor Dogs

Nikki and her husband have six other rescue dogs and bring Roo to hydrotherapy and physiotherapy sessions every week to ease the strain on her back.

She says that having just two legs “doesn’t hold her back at all” but if they’re taking her on a long walk they take a puppy carrier to “give her a little rest when she needs it”.

“She is right at home with the other dogs and acts like any other cheeky little puppy who just happens to have two legs and look like a kangaroo,” Nikki adds.

roo Source: Safe Rescue for Dogs

Kelly Hare, co-founder and director of Safe Rescue for Dogs, told The Telegraph that they felt compelled to bring Roo to the UK from Romania so she could get treatment.

As well as her treatment, Roo’s owners are going to obtain wheels for her and further information on Roo’s story is available of the Safe Rescue for Dogs website.

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