An escaped Wallaby led Dallas Animal Control on a bouncing chase last Wednesday morning.
Wallabies are not exactly a common site in Dallas, Texas. A native species of Australia, wallabies are essentially smaller kangaroos that live in some slightly more varied terrains. You can find wallabies in trees, grasslands, foothills, and even some of the rockier terrain found in Australia’s interior.
While some wallabies exist in New Guinea, and there are smaller populations introduced in countries like France and New Zealand, so far there aren’t any wild populations in Texas. However, one wallaby wanted to be the first when he escaped his owner and led Dallas Animal Control on a bouncing chase through an Old East Dallas neighborhood.
Muggsy the wallaby escaped Wednesday morning and caused quite the site when local residents spotted the bouncing marsupial hopping over front lawns. "We watched it hop across two front yards and down to our property," Tim Tiernan told the Dallas Morning News. "It was in our driveway clear at the back, right up against our garage and it went up to our back door. That's when we decided it must be tame because it looked like it wanted in."
Muggsy is indeed tame. His owner lives on a ranch outside of the city, where according to a reply on the Dallas Animal Control’s Facebook page, he “has space to explore.” Wallabies are illegal to own in Dallas without a permit.
His capture was something of a media event. Reporters caught up with Animal Control after Muggsy had been cornered in the Tiernans’ backyard and eventually were able to grab him with a net. The officers were very gentle with Muggsy, with one of them so enthused that he kept saying “this is the coolest!”
Animal Control kept Muggsy safe until his owner arrived to pick him up. By Wednesday afternoon, he was returned to the ranch where he was able to hop wherever he pleased.