TODAY | April 03, 2014
>> but as jenna explains, she helps deliver a message to children.
>> julia writes children's book. her message -- teach kids about preservation and conservation. her voice? a kangaroo . two years ago with help, julia and her husband jason adopted a real life 3-month-old kangaroo , bringing her story book character to life.
>> when the students read the story about a kangaroo , they get to see a real life kangaroo in her space.
>> when julia first brought boom boo boomaroo home, they were very close.
>> i'll go outside and she'll follow me outside and snuggle up close to me.
>> she lived in the house until she became too big. now she lives outside the house in a temperature-controlled barn in her garden. but inside the house, she still has her own closet full of baby clothes.
>> she really loves her shirt, they give her a sense of comfort.
>> reporter: this isn't the first unique animal that they welcomed into their home. the kangaroo joins four sugar squirrels and now a cat named larry.
>> the cat and kangaroo have been living together, eating together.
>> now she spends her day jumping around with larry or holding kangaroo court with julia .
>> she'll hop up to my office and she'll lay there by my seat usually.
>> reporter: providing even more inspiration for julia 's next book.
>> is it strange now that i now want a kangaroo ?
>> something oddly attractive about that.
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