Mike Epps Shares Stage with Kangaroo, Some Claim Animal Abuse

Posted April 04, 2017

Stacks told MLive.com the animal belongs to his traveling educational animal show called Exotic Zoo, and they were in town for a birthday party.

In a video of the March 31 event, Epps can be seen holding the animal's harness.

Comedian Mike Epps is under fire after bringing a kangaroo onstage during a recent show in MI.

When the kangaroo attempted to run off stage, the handler picked the animal up to prevent him from fleeing.

Social media users said the kangaroo looked "miserable" and "scared". Another person said that she loved Mike Epps but "that sh*t with the kangaroo was wrong".

Comedian Mike Epps might have lost a few fans Friday after bringing a distressed kangaroo on stage in what some are calling animal abuse.

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Stacks went viral last week when a video surfaced of him walking around Detroit with a kangaroo on a leash.

Leashes on kangaroos can be risky, unless the animal was raised on a leash, Detroit Animal Control spokeswoman Kelly McLaughlin said last week.

Appearing alongside the handler Epps posted a backstage video of himself feeding a banana to a different kangaroo than the one that appeared on stage. Theses guys are license zoo keepers!

But in an Instagram post by Epps, since deleted, he defended bringing the kangaroo onstage. The "Uncle Buck" star also promised to donate money to a foundation working to protect the animals.

"Look I wanna sincerely apologize to everybody, I don't own the kangaroo and did not mean any harm to the animal it got outta hand and I am sorry", he captioned a photo of the logo for Viva, a British animal rights group.

CNN has reached out to reps of Epps and Stacks for additional comment.