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Search for Owners of York's Wandering Wallaby


2:18pm 10th October 2014
(Updated 3:46pm 10th October 2014)

Askham Bryan College is asking the owners of York's "Wandering Wallaby" to come forward.

The college says the animal does not belong to them, however staff at the agricultural college are looking after the wallaby for the moment.

Liz Philip, Principal of Askham Bryan said: “He's a male wallaby, about a year old we think, and whilst we're very happy to look after him, it would be super to reunite him with his owners. We've called him Wesley, and he's being cared for in our animal management centre where he will stay until we have any further news of who owns him. So far he is doing fine, but we're obviously doing health checks and monitoring him on a regular basis, particularly whilst he gets used to his new surroundings.”

Wesley was brought to the college last night after college staff offered to help police with his capture. “It was a mission of mercy really,” said Mrs Philip. “I thought there can't be many people in the York area who have experience of dealing with marsupials,  we have,  so the offer was made and accepted.”

Animal Unit Manager, Nicky Broadbent is in charge of his care, she added: “Our priority is to make sure he progresses well, is happy in his new quarters and  hopefully we will find out who his owners are.”

If no one comes forward Mrs Philip says the College would be willing to care for him on a permanent basis. “We have experience of keeping wallabies as we have had them here in the past. If his owner can't be traced, then he will have a home with us and join our 'animal family', but in the short term, the important thing is that he settles in and recovers well.”

Anyone wanting to contact the college should ring 01904 772277 and ask to speak to Nicky Broadbent in the Animal Management Centre.


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