Actor and comedian Mike Epps came under fire over the weekend for bringing a live kangaroo on stage during his show holding it on leash.
The actor, who appeared in “The Hangover” and “Next Friday,” brought the kangaroo on stage during his show in Detroit on Friday and appeared to egg the animal on, pulling it by its leash, TMZ reported.
Some show goers and Epps followers were not pleased with the animal addition to the show.
Whyyyy did they bring the kangaroo on stage at Mike Epps show 😩😭. I love Detroit pic.twitter.com/DoqNu4jcf6— Amber ♍ (@_AmNico) April 1, 2017
i commented on Mike Epps picture of him with that poor kangaroo on stage and said that it's animal cruelty to have had it on stage and...— yajara (@yeeeezyyyy) April 2, 2017
I didn't think Mike Epps playing with that kangaroo last night was funny at all. That kangaroo look miserable and ready to snap.— P (@Pariss_Franceee) April 1, 2017
Epps defended the move in a now-deleted Instagram post, captured by The Shade Room.
He wrote that the animal belonged to licensed zookeepers.
TMZ reported the kangaroo belongs to Javon Stacks, who runs a traveling zoo. Stacks told TMZ the animal was not harmed in any way by the show on Friday night.