ARLINGTON, Wash. (CBS Seattle/AP) – The operators of Outback Kangaroo Farm near Arlington are hoping someone sees a pet wallaby that escaped Friday as it was being moved.
It’s was still missing Tuesday.
Joey Strom, who owns the farm with her husband Ray Strom, says they’re worried the tame animal could become prey for a cougar or bear.
The Daily Herald reports the lost wallaby is a pet named Bella, owned by Gayle Van Alstyne of Maple Valley. She was moving Bella at the farm Friday when it broke away. Feet and tail impressions were tracked to the banks of the Stillaguamish River.
“She was seen by a neighbor crossing the highway and a car swerved to miss her,” Van Alstyne told the Herald. “We don’t know, after that, what happened. We searched and searched and searched. I’ve called every wildlife sanctuary or rescue I can think of.”
The 6-year-old wallaby is about 2-and-a-half feet tall and weighs 35 pounds. It has golden brown fur and a white belly.
The farm is home to about 40 wallabies and kangaroos.
“She’s out there and terrified,” Van Alstyne told the newspaper. “We’re just trying to reach as many people as we can who can help. “If people approach her, she’s going to run. But if they get down small and talk softly to her, she might not.”
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