Langley RCMP are still hunting for a pet wallaby that escaped from its owners on Thursday morning.
The wallaby was spotted by members of the public and two reports came in to the RCMP in quick succession at around 7:22 a.m., said Cpl. Holly Largy, spokesperson for the Langley RCMP.
Wallabies are Australian marsupials related to kangaroos. They resemble smaller, plumper versions of kangaroos and have a similar ability to jump long distances.
After reports came in from around 221st Street and 51st Avenue Thursday morning, Mounties contacted the Greater Vancouver Zoo, but they were not missing any wallabies.
After 1 p.m. in the afternoon, the wallaby’s owner – who lives in the 22200 block of 56th Avenue – contacted police to report that their wallaby was missing.
It had apparently managed to get through three security systems on its enclosure, Largy said.
The wallaby is described as dark grey-brown in colour, about three feet tall, and is six years old. It is friendly and intelligent, according to its owner.
The best way to capture a wallaby is to grab it by the tail, the RCMP has been advised.
It is unclear which animal control agency would be tasked with helping track down an escaped wallaby.
British Columbia put tougher rules into place in 2009, banning the ownership of numerous types of dangerous exotic pets. Wallabies and other marsupials are not on the list of restricted animals.
The Langley Animal Protection Society (LAPS) takes care of animal control in the Langleys, and also helps round up lost livestock. But the wallaby isn’t a dog, cat, or farm animal – and therefore not in their bailiwack.
The wallaby is likely able to survive the local weather. Colonies of escaped wallabies have established themselves in places such as England and a forest in France near Paris.
Anyone who sees the wallaby can contact the Langley RCMP at 604-532-3200.