Police, animal control are looking for wallaby spotted in Anne Arundel

It may have escaped from park a few years ago

October 15, 2004|By Jamie Stiehm | Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF

A wallaby recently sighted in Severn has triggered a county government search for a wild animal native to Australia, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday.

"We are in coordination with animal control in getting a game plan together to capture and place it," said Sgt. Shawn Urbas, a county police spokesman.

Half a world away from its natural habitat, the wallaby -- a marsupial akin to the kangaroo -- may be the animal that escaped from a wildlife park near Davidsonville several years ago, officials said.

Wallabies have claws and strong legs. They are smaller than kangaroos, about 3 feet tall, but resemble them in their speed and appearance.

They are not considered dangerous to people, but police said anyone who sees it should keep a sizable distance.

"We're going to see what we can do for this exotic little animal and find it a proper home other than the woods of Severn," Lt. Thomas Wilson said.

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