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.