Police on the hunt for escaped wallaby


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Residents are being asked to keep an eye out for a wallaby which escaped from its owners.

Herts police and the Herts Police Rural team received reports of an escaped wallaby near Offley at 11.30am yesterday (Sunday).

The wallaby, which is thought to belong to a family living in the Offley area, was seen on Offley Hill.

The animal was again seen at 10pm on the A505 central reservation.

On Sunday the Herts Police Rural Operational Support team tweeted: “Please be aware that the escaped wallaby is still on the loose around the A505 Offley area. He can hop along as 30mph and jump 8ft high.”

It also tweeted: “The wallaby likes to eat apples, so if you see him scrumping around your apple trees in Hitchin area please call 101.”

The wallaby was also spotted in Preston.

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A Herts police spokesman said: “The local officers have been warned to look out for it. Arrangements were also being made for someone from Whipsnade Zoo to help look for the animal.”

Members of the public are asked to remain vigilant and to report any sighting to the police on the non emergency number 101.