Image:Wallaby
Daniel Munoz  /  Reuters file
What's a wallaby? A marsupial resembling a small kangaroo. In this file photo (which is not of the wayward wallaby in England), a young wallaby hangs from its mother's pouch at Ku-ring-gai chase national park in Pittwater, 25 miles north of Sydney, Australia.
updated 9/22/2008 1:16:30 PM ET 2008-09-22T17:16:30

Zookeepers and police were chasing reports Monday of a wayward wallaby, spotted days after escaping a children's zoo in western England.

The marsupial went missing sometime Friday night from Cattle Country adventure park in Berkeley, west of London, park manager Ellen Sealey said.

Since then, the wallaby was spotted early Saturday at a nearby hotel, and then Sunday about a half-mile (kilometer) from the park, she said. Both police and the zoo have responded to calls about the escaped marsupial.

"We're just waiting for sightings," Sealey said. "As soon as anyone rings one in, we go out and look. I don't think he's going to be that easy to catch, to be fair."

The wallaby — which looks like a small kangaroo — is more than 2 feet (a half-meter) tall and could have scampered through a hole in his enclosure or bounded over the surrounding 8-foot (2.4-meter) fence, Sealey said.

Some species of wallabies can hop up to three times their height, though Sealey said the fence met required height standards. A second wallaby housed in the same enclosure did not escape, she said.

The missing wallaby, who does not have a name, has always been friendly, and the zoo's main fear was that he would cause a road accident. Police are warning motorists to stay alert.

Copyright 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Discuss:

Discussion comments

,

Most active discussions

  1. votes comments
  2. votes comments
  3. votes comments
  4. votes comments