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Baby wallaby makes its first public appearance

Wendy and Joey Credit: Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm/Bob Pitchford

A curious baby wallaby has been spotted peering out at the world for the first time from the security of his mums pouch at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm in Bristol.

The 7 month old joey, seemingly enjoying the warmer March weather as spring approaches, is fast becoming a popular spot for staff and public at the 100 acre animal park, all hopeful of a glimpse of the cute Australian mammal.

Born to parents Wendy and Winston, this is the first joey the pair have had at the zoo. Mum and dad joined the park in 2009 and are part of a 4 strong group including their recent addition.

Visitors should be able to see the joey more frequently as the weather continues to get warmer and will soon see it bounding around the field with mum. Keepers will be able to name the new arrival as soon he it emerges properly from pouch and they can determine the sex.

Fishermen find dead wallaby in River Exe

The wallaby was found in the River Exe in Devon Credit: SWNS

A pair of fishermen have found a dead wallaby in the River Exe in Devon.

Matt Welham and Richard Williams caught the animal while trying to catch pike.

The animal is believed to have been in the water for several days. It's thought to have escaped from a nearby farm.

Matt said: "As it was pike we were bottom fishing and I got a what seemed like a bite. I hauled it in and it looked at first as if there was a dead cat on the line. When it got closer and out of the water it looked like a kangaroo. I guessed it was stuffed but when we saw it close up we realised it was real and a wallaby. It must have weighed about 25lb and we reckoned it had been in the water for about two days tops."

The pair, who are both from Exeter, were fishing close to the Mill on the Exe pub in the city at the time.

Wallabies, which are known as reasonable swimmers, are usually found in Australia or New Guinea.

Matt Welham and Richard Williams caught the wallaby while trying to catch pike Credit: SWNS