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Where's wallaby? A marsupial is on the run in Cornwall

The wallaby wasn't tempted by such obvious tricks as tempting it with food. Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA is asking people in Cornwall to contact them if they see a wallaby after one was spotted earlier this week.

The animal welfare charity was called by a member of the public who had spotted the marsupial roaming near South Petherwin in Launceston, during Monday evening, 8 May.

This doesn't seem very much like Australia. Credit: RSPCA

RSPCA Animal Collection Officer Peter Ferris and a resident tried to trap the wallaby, but unfortunately it outwitted them.

He’d made his way into a garden but as we tried to carefully corral him with pallets and plywood he’d already come up with an escape plan and dashed through a small gap.

He appears to be well and uninjured but no one has been able to get close enough to be sure so we’d encourage anyone who spots him to contact us.

When I got the call about the wallaby I thought it was unusual but not impossible as I’ve rescued one before from an industrial estate in Plymouth.

– Peter Ferris, RSPCA
Anyone missing a wallaby? Last seen chilling out among the flowers near Launceston. Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA believes it has escaped from somewhere and would be keen to hear from anyone who may be missing a wallaby.

  • Anyone who spots the wallaby or knows where it came from should contact the RSPCA inspector line on 0300 123 8018.