Escaped Zoo Wallaby on The Loose in West Lothian, Recaptured Safely And Caught Using Huge Fishing Net

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Escaped wallaby on the loose in West Lothian

A wallaby which has escaped from the grounds of a fishery is on the loose near the boundary between Midlothian and the Scottish Borders.

The animal swam off an island on a pond at Leadburn Manor, West Linton, with another wallaby on Wednesday.

A local marksman was able to dart one on Wednesday evening, however the other one is still on the loose.

The Scottish SPCA said wallabies are “extremely difficult” to catch because they can reach speeds of 40mph.

Senior Inspector Stuart Murray said: “These wallabies proved extremely difficult to catch and, while we managed to assist with the retrieval of one, another is still missing.

“Wallabies are very fast animals, reaching speeds of around 40mph so it could have travelled quite a distance by now.

“There is a real danger this wallaby could be hit by a car so we are keen to hear from members of the public who see it so we can help bring it to safety.”

Escaped wallaby recaptured safely
A wallaby which escaped from a petting zoo earlier this week has been found safe and well.

The animal had swam off an island on a fishing pond at Leadburn Manor in West Linton in the Borders with another wallaby on Wednesday.

The Scottish SPCA was called to help recapture the animal and a spokesman for the charity said it was found in the grounds of the petting zoo, unharmed.

Stuart Murray, senior inspector, said wallabies are “extremely difficult” to catch because they can reach speeds of around 40mph.

The wallaby is a member of the kangaroo family, found primarily in Australia and nearby islands. There are different wallaby species, grouped roughly by habitat.

The charity said the pair are now safely back together.

Escaped wallaby caught using huge fishing net
A wallaby that was on the loose from a fishery near the boundary between Midlothian and the Scottish Borders has been found.

The 2ft Tasmanian wallaby was caught just after midnight using a fishing net after he was spotted feeding on a 40 acre estate.

The animal swam off an island on a pond at Leadburn Manor, West Linton, with another wallaby on Wednesday.

A local marksman was able to dart the first one on Wednesday evening.
‘Furiously swimming’

Francis Gilhooly, owner of Leadburn Manor, told the BBC Scotland news website: “The man who sold the wallabies to us told us that wallabies hate swimming so it would be fine for us to put them on one of our three acre islands.

“However, within six hours of us buying them they were furiously swimming off the island.

“It has been a heartbreaking and traumatic time for both us and the wallabies.

“We will not be releasing them back onto that island because we can’t take the chance of them swimming off again so instead we are building a big 1,000sq m enclosure for them.

“We searched the area 30 times for the second wallaby and just as I had given up I saw him sitting in the long grass at one of the ponds, eating.”

The Scottish SPCA said wallabies are “extremely difficult” to catch because they can reach speeds of 40mph.

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