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Escaped wallaby startles drivers

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The wallaby is said to have enjoyed its taste of freedom

A wallaby which escaped from its home in Worcestershire confused residents who "thought they were going mad" when they saw it bounding down the road.

DJ Jonathan Kennedy and his friend Lewis Jones were driving home from a party when they spotted the marsupial in a lane in Beoley, near Redditch.

The pair stopped to video the Australian mammal on their phones.

The wallaby was spotted by a postman on Friday and captured and taken home to Portway, where it lives with a pet pig.

Mr Jones said he "thought he was seeing things".

It was up a dirt track just sitting there waiting for us
Owner Mike Lord

"I thought we must be being silly, there must be some animal in the British countryside we don't know about.

"But it turns out we weren't being silly and it was a wallaby after all."

The wallaby belongs to Mike Lord who was alerted by the village postman to his pet's whereabouts, four miles from his home in Portway, on Friday.

He said: "It was just where the postman said it was.

"It was up a dirt track just sitting there waiting for us."

Mr Lord said he had to wait for reinforcements to help him catch the wallaby, which was not keen to be recaptured after its taste of freedom.



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