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Rapper Vanilla Ice Talks About Losing His Pet Kangaroo (Seriously! No Joke!) (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 28th 2010 3:41AM
Rapper Vanilla Ice Talks About Losing His Pet Kangaroo (Seriously! No Joke!)Okay, we'll admit it. Sometimes, we wish that late night hosts would have more unusual guests as their interview subjects. There are just so many shows with actors promoting their latest movie, singers promoting their latest album ... But then, in defiance of this trend, we get a weird guest like former '80s rapper Vanilla Ice. And then, he's telling us a story about losing his pet kangaroo -- and suddenly, it all becomes so much better.

And yes, this is what actually happens on 'The Tonight Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC). Rapper Robert Matthew Van Winkle -- that's "Mr. Ice" to you -- talks with host Jay Leno about misplacing his beloved pet kangaroo. Yup, it's just another standard incident in the bizarre life of Vanilla Ice. Why, we haven't been this excited to hear from him since 'Ice Ice Baby' (the greatest song ever) was first released.

So now that we've gotten the obligatory mention of 'Ice Ice Baby' out of the way ... what's the deal with the kangaroo? Well, Ice is a big fan of exotic animals: He owns a monkey, a lynx, and yes, a kangaroo. But while Vanilla was away in London, the 'roo managed to escape. "I get back home, and my wife says, 'Y'know, the kangaroo's gone.'"

Leno attempts to grapple with this whole concept: "What do you mean, the kangaroo's gone?" Here's Vanilla's nonchalant response: "Well, he grew up with this goat ... " Awesomely, this is one of the most normal things that the rapper says during the entire interview. Yes, of course the huge Australian marsupial grew up with a goat. Makes perfect sense -- if your name is "Vanilla Ice."

What happened was this -- the goat escaped from the house, and so the 'roo followed it. Next, the pair of animals disappeared for two weeks. Eventually, one of Vanilla's friends saw footage of the kangaroo on CNN. At this point, the friend called up Mr. Ice, and Vanilla recognized his lost pet on TV. The animal and his owner were then reunited. And the goat was fine too, thank god.

Here are two additional facts that we learned while researching this article:

1) Although Vanilla didn't make this clear on 'The Tonight Show,' the pet was not technically a kangaroo. Rather, it was a "wallaroo" -- which is a hybrid of a kangaroo and a wallaby.

2) The pet's name was "Bucky Buckaroo." And we have to admit ... that's a pretty cool name for a wallaroo.

Finally (and for no major reason), here's a video where Vanilla Ice hangs out with some other animals -- in this case, some turtles. And yeah, there was no way we were making it through this whole column without linking to the second greatest song ever.

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Gregory Schwartz

I wonder what a psychiatrist would say about somebody who has markings all over their arms like this loser? He even has letters on his fingers! There is something WRONG with people who deface their bodies like this. Tatoos are PERMANANT! You can't wash them off when you get tired of them...or you grow-up a little, and regret the stupid artwork.
Too many kids are permanently disfiguring their bodies today, then in a few years are going to regret the tatoos! - gregg in Sarasota, FL

September 28 2010 at 2:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Phoebe

See it's people like Vanilla Ice (who no one really cares about anymore) who are encouraging poachers. Kangaroos, monkeys and any kind of tiger are wild animals. Wild animals are not meant to be pets. All those animals he's had came from the wild. The monkey's mom was most likely shot and killed just for the baby, same with the kangaroo or it's mom was kept in a small and dirty cage and only used to breed. Just like a puppy mill just with Kangaroos. And the Tiger's mom was most likely in a cage and is beaten so that it fears humans. Just because the person who owns them is "famous" doesn't mean it's right.

September 28 2010 at 2:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
papirazzi904

Rapper?...how about Ex FAKE rapper turned Spaz,Hyper,loser reality star Vanilla Ice..

September 28 2010 at 1:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Keith

Just to let the writer of this story know.... A Wallaroo is NOT a cross between a Kangaroo and Wallaby.

No Australian animal is a cross between a wallaby and a kangaroo.

The wallaroo is a distinctly separate species of kangaroo which is in between the size of a kangaroo and a wallaby. It is not a cross-breed of the two.

September 28 2010 at 12:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TONY

good old jay,couldnt find anyone else but this fossil,geez,lettrman does a lot better,oh well goodbye ratings,couldnt happen to a better guy.

September 28 2010 at 8:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TONY

geez,you mean leno,the great leno couldnt get anybody else,dont anyone ever tell me letterman sucks,vanilla ice,geez.lmao.

September 28 2010 at 8:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
vicvod

Report these scum spammers and maybe AOL will get off their ass and do something about it!

September 28 2010 at 7:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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TONY

they did,i agree too much spammers

September 28 2010 at 9:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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