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  Welsh 'wallaby' thought to be fox
Updated 19 October 2004, 19.19
Wallaby
RSPCA officers now think the 'wallaby' that's been spotted hopping around Cardiff is in fact an injured fox.

The first person to report seeing the creature thought it was a kangaroo or wallaby but experts now reckon it's probably a fox with a lame front leg.

The creature was first spotted last Thursday bouncing through a car park.

And despite the RSPCA's suggestion local teacher Miss Netherway is convinced she saw a kangaroo bounding across the tarmac.

"It jumped onto the bank alongside the car and had a good look inside. It was huge," said Miss Netherway.

Fact File
Wallabies
Group of wallabies called a mob
They are marsupials
Look like small kangaroos
Carry their young, called joeys, in pouches
Eat mostly grass, leaves and seeds
45 species of kangaroos and wallabies

Although originating solely from Australia, there are several colonies of the small jumping creature that now live happily in the wild in Britain.

Hard as sheep

Even though they are used to much warmer temperatures in Australia, they have survived in the wild in Britain because they are able to withstand the cooler weather.

Peter Litherland, head-keeper at the Welsh Mountain Zoo, described the animals "as hardy as sheep".

So if you're in the Cardiff area keep your eyes peeled.

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