Saturday, 26 November 2011

Police catch escaped wallaby

Police catch escaped wallaby
Police catch escaped wallaby,Motorway traffic was brought to a standstill in Blackpool on Sunday as police attempted to catch an escaped wallaby. We bounced into action last weekend to help rescue a wallaby who had escaped from her owner's home in the village of Isleham in Cambridgeshire.

Our officers were called out on Sunday, 20 November after the owner spotted the red-necked wallaby called Sheila had escaped from her enclosure.

Although she had not ventured too far, she was running loose in nearby fields, and her owner was unable to catch her and bring her back home.

Wallabies can cover the ground exceptionally quickly and can reach speeds of up to 30mph.

After desperately trying to catch the wallaby, the owner then rang the police, who in turn contacted us.
RSPCA Chief Inspector Mark Thompson attended the incident with his colleague Inspector Richard Lythgoe and vet Rob Gould from Aquarius Veterinary Centre.

They managed to get close enough to Sheila to tranquilise her so that she could be collected and reunited with her partner Bruce.

When she came round, she was none the worse for her adventure.
In my 25 years with the RSPCA this is the first wallaby I have had to tranquilise.

We had a call asking us for help, and we were more than happy to assist with this rescue.

Wallabies can travel at exceptionally fast speeds, so it was essential that we managed to get her back safely.

We are just pleased to have helped in this instance and been able to return her back to her owner.

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