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Byline: By NICK SHARPE South Wales Echo

He was only with us for a few days, but he made a huge impact on his community. For less than a week the talk of his exploits dominated the news agenda in South Wales.

Glimpses and snippets were all we had to go on, but still the rumour persisted: There was a kangaroo on the loose in Llanishen and Lisvane.

As sightings became more regular so the creature's popularity grew, until news of his hastened death on Tuesday brought heartfelt tributes and teary farewells.

Members of his den, it is said, were visibly upset, and asked that no flowers be sent. Instead, they said, donations should be made to animal welfare groups in Australia who regularly care for marsupials.

Alternatively you could do what Paul Evans, from Whitchurch, did and immortalise Skippy in a poem.

Send your memories of the Welsh kangaroo - which made a small part of Cardiff forever outback - to the Echo.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 21, 2004
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