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Pierce County Deputies Trap Wallaby On The Run

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File photo of a wallaby.  (credit JOCHEN LUEBKE/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a wallaby. (credit JOCHEN LUEBKE/AFP/Getty Images)

SEATTLE (CBS Seattle/AP) — A wallaby jumped in front of a Pierce County deputy’s cruiser while he was on patrol in Gig Harbor Thursday.

Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer says the deputy thought the animal was a kangaroo at first, but it was later determined to be a wallaby.

He says the “bugger” was fast and the deputy had to call back up. Eventually the wallaby — named Mia — was netted by animal control officers.

Troyer says deputies found the owners’ residence nearby with “pretty good living conditions” and a pen, but no one knows how Mia escaped. He wasn’t sure if wallabies are legal to own in unincorporated Pierce County.

Wallabies are native to Australia.

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