Comedian, actor and rapper Mike Epps has apologised for bringing a kangaroo on stage during a show in Detroit last Friday.
"I made a bad decision," he told TMZ. "I made a bad move.
"I make mistakes all the time, y'know, but when it comes to animals I'm an animal lover."
Footage of Epps with a harnessed adult kangaroo went viral on Sunday and outraged animal lovers.
In a statement, animal rights organisation PETA described the act as "animal abuse" and condemned Epps.
"High stress situations, such as being confronted by a noisy crowd and being made to 'dance', can kill kangaroos who are prone to myopathy," said the statement.
Epps was shocked by the backlash and quickly moved to apologise, saying he would donate to the Save the Kangaroo foundation.
"The plan was to take the kangaroo and just run across the back of the stage and the crowd would laugh and I would be like 'what the hell was that'?" he said.
"That's not what happened... it just made me look bad, man."
The kangaroo's handler, Exotic Zoo owner Javon Stacks, is also under fire, with many saying he should have the kangaroo taken from him after footage of the 'roo bouncing through Detroit went viral last week.
The US Department of Agriculture is also investigating the Friday night incident to determine if the kangaroo was mishandled.
Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.
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