Christie Carr, Irwin Christie Carr, Irwin

A Broken Arrow, Okla., woman combats depression with the help of a kangaroo — who's been certified as a therapy pet. After attempting suicide, Christine Carr she came across the partially paralyzed Irwin at the local animal sanctuary, where she volunteers. Irwin suffered from neck and brain damage as a result of running into a fence, and Carr brought him home with her to rehabilitate him. This wasn't legal at first, but now it is thanks to a City Council ordinance.

The real point of the story, though, is: awwww! You can see Irwin in action below in two different reports that predated the just-passed law. Between Irwin and that little paralyzed bunny in a cart, it's a good time for handicapped animals! They're being cared for and shared with the world! Therapy all around.

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Incidentally, the best part of the Associated Press story regarding Carr being allowed to keep Irwin is this: "The marsupial never leaves the house without first getting dressed. The clothes — a little boy's shirt cut and sewed to accommodate his neck, sometimes a tie, and jeans or slacks with a hole cut for the tail — are necessary for therapeutic reasons and to protect him against germs, Carr said."

That should make everyone feel better about everything. Laughter is, after all, the best medicine.

Fall in love with Irwin below:

[via The Daily What]