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The BBC's Jessica Williams
"The swim had not dampened his energy"
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Saturday, 8 January, 2000, 04:39 GMT
Wallaby capers

The marsupial swam ashore froma nearby island


Australian zookeepers ended up chasing a wallaby along the Gold Coast after the animal swam to the mainland.

The wallaby, nicknamed Chief, escaped from an island 100 metres offshore.

Animal handlers from a Wonderland wildlife park at Coffs Harbour feared that he would get hit by traffic.

But they got more than they bargained for as it ran through the streets and backyards of houses all along the Gold Coast.


Nearly ... Chief slips the despairing dive
There was no way to match its speed and the only way to catch the wallaby was to outfox it.

Finally, with the wallaby trapped in the corner of a backyard, handler Michelle Barns pulled off the catch of the day.

"I was very surprised that I caught it but thankful it didn't end up on the highway," he said.

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