Monday 14 June 2010

Wallabies set up home in Cornwall

14 June 2010

A family of wallabies has successfully made a home in the wild in Cornwall where they survived the British winter.

There have been several recent sightings of a male, a female and a baby in the St Breward area, reports the Daily Telegraph.

And a motorist recent saw, and photographed, one wallaby near a lane in St Breward.

The animal seen by the driver is thought to be a male which escaped from a farm three years ago. He appears to have found another escaped female, who was later pictured with a joey in her pouch.

A spokesperson for the RSPCA said the animal charity is often called to capture escaped wallabies, but it is rarer to find examples of them living in the wild in Britain.

She said: "Wallabies are quite hardy so they do survive quite well. They are breeding as well so they have been doing fine. It has been going on for several years and they have survived some pretty cold winters.

"There are definitely colonies across the country so people should not be surprised if they have seen them."

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