Sunday, 16 June 2013

How Colin, the escaped white wallaby gave six startled policemen the slip in midnight chase before hopping back home

Colin the wallaby escaped from his pen in Solihull last night 
His dash for freedom sparked a police hunt involving six officers 
He was eventually found back home five hours later 

PUBLISHED: 16:40, 14 June 2013 | UPDATED: 18:14, 14 June 2013

A runaway wallaby sparked a police hunt involving six officers after he was spotted making a dash for freedom near Birmingham

Three-year-old Colin jumped a 6ft fence to escape from his pen in Solihull, West Midlands, before hopping back home five hours later, his owners revealed today.
The meandering marsupial escaped last night and sightings were reported over four miles away from the half-acre field he shares with seven other wallabies.

Police were called when a shocked motorist spotted the unusual sight and filmed the fugitive on his mobile at around 11.45pm.

Despite six officers turning up to try and catch Colin he disappeared into the night and it was down to owners Jon Cloke, 46, and wife Angela, 46, to track him down.

He was eventually found cowering in a field just yards from where he had originally escaped after his countryside walkabout. 

Mr Cloke drove around for 90 minutes in the dark and cornered Colin before returning at sunrise to capture him.

Today he said: 'The police rang us about 12.30am. There’s no-one around here who owns wallabies so I knew it was ours.

Mr Cloke, who breeds the animals at his farm, said he had never known one to escape before.

He said: 'They didn’t tell me how far it had got but it was spotted near a lane by Balsall Common so it was a few miles away. He must have been missing for about five hours.

'When I found it, it was nearly back and was in the field near where they are all kept – so he’s pretty much much made his own way home. They are quite shy so it’s odd that somebody got a picture of him.'

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