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On the hop: Wallaby in Tyrone

On the hop: Wallaby in Tyrone

On the hop: Wallaby in Tyrone

The owners of a wallaby on the run in Co Tyrone have appealed for public help in tracking down the errant marsupial.

The two-year-old male has been at large for 10 days after burrowing out of its enclosure at Moy and was last seen in a field at Brantry, near Eglish.

The on-the-hop animal is part of wallaby family, two females and two joeys, owned by brothers George and TG Troughton.

George said: “The one that's away is actually the daddy so we would need him back to be able to breed any further. Maybe he's away looking for love, but it's Co Tyrone, how many wallabies are there? He'd need to come back to get anything around here.”

His brother TG said the wandering wallaby could prove difficult to catch. “He has the whole of Northern Ireland to run free at the moment but if we get a few nets we should be alright,” he said.

“I would like him back, simply because he'll be safe in here. I reckon he just wants to get back but he's got lost.”

The missing mammal does not pose any danger to the public.

Mark Challis from Belfast Zoo said: “They are not, by nature, aggressive animals. They are tough enough to cope with our climate and they also eat a relatively wide range of green matter.”

Belfast Telegraph