The Winmarleigh wallaby has been captured by police, some seven miles away from where it was originally spotted.
It’s thought the creature could have been looking for a marsupial mate.
The wallaby was first spotted a month ago hopping around Winmarleigh, when locals thought there was a kangaroo on the loose.
On Monday, police were called to the latest sighting on fields near to Carr End Lane in Stalmine, and after some time chasing it through an orchard, they were able to catch it.
PC Gary Cross said: “The wallaby did not want to know and kept dashing off into the thick hedges to the side of us.
“Eventually we chased him into the orchard and caught him, though he was very strong. It was the strangest job I’ve ever dealt with.”
PC Cross said in the end, the wallaby was happy to have been captured.
“He was looking a bit bedraggled in the torrential rain,” he said.
“He was extremely lucky as he would have had to have crossed at lease one A road to get to Stalmine.
“Apparently the owners don’t keep their wallaby’s caged, and we think this one might have been looking for a girlfriend and got disorientated.” The creature has been returned to its owner, Dale Price, an animal management student from The Old Hall on Church Lane Winmarleigh.
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