Public safety officials are keeping their eyes peeled for a kangaroo that may be on the loose in northern Tuscaloosa County.

Reports of the rouge marsupial first started coming in Monday morning on social media, where users said they saw a kangaroo on the loose near a volunteer fire department along Highway 171.

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There are several volunteer departments along that road between Tuscaloosa and Fayette, and it was not immediately clear in which specific area the kangaroo was allegedly seen.

A spokesperson for the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office confirmed to the Thread that they have received reports that a kangaroo is at large in the area, but did not have additional information about the sightings Tuesday morning.

The TCSO deputy urged anyone who sees the kangaroo to exercise caution if they make contact with it -- kangaroos are extremely strong and most have sharp claws that could seriously hurt a person.

One area farm for exotic animals even took to Facebook Monday to clarify that the rogue 'roo did not belong to them.

Stay connected to the Thread for updates on this strange story as they become available, and if you spot the Highway 171 kangaroo, snap a picture and send it to our newsroom using the free Tuscaloosa Thread mobile app.

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