LOWELL — If you've glanced out your window in the last 24 hours and thought you saw a kangaroo hopping across your lawn, you're not too far off.
A wallaby escaped from a traveling petting zoo Wednesday morning near Lowell and is apparently roaming the woods and farmlands.
Pat Leininger, of Leininger Veterinary Clinic, said the owner of a traveling petting zoo was passing through the area this week and stopped over night Tuesday at the Harvest Tyme Pumpkin Patch.
The owner, Dan Wallen, of Wallen Productions LLC in Tuscon, Arizona, called the clinic to have a veterinarian come out and inoculate his emus, ducks and chicken. At some point, the wallaby escaped Wednesday morning and hasn't been seen since.
Wallen posted a photograph of an empty cage on his Facebook page at 8:10 a.m. Wednesday with the line, "So I come outside and to my surprise my wallaby be is missing!!"
Wallen could not immediately be reached by telephone Thursday afternoon.
"I doubt that he's dangerous. I'm sure he's scared to death at this point," said Leininger, adding she has no idea how to capture the critter if it is found, but offered their telephone number (219-696-6300) if anyone spots it.
According to animalplanet.com, the wallaby is a marsupial cousin to the kangaroo and native of Australia. It can grow up to 41 inches in length and weigh up to 53 pounds.
"It might be really cute, but the wallaby is also a fast jumper and needs a lot of space to hop around at high speeds," according to the website, which added it requires a diet rich in grass, leaves and some fruits, such as apples. They are also nocturnal.
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