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Jerry the Wallaby Tours Copenhagen

January 3, 2003

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) _ A wallaby on the loose for two months was found safe and sound, police said Friday.

The 4-year-old marsupial, normally a resident at an after-school center for children, had been on the run in Copenhagen since Nov. 2, when someone forgot to close his cage.

Police spotted the animal late Thursday night hopping through the city’s Broenshoej neighborhood.

Elin Hansen, a veterinarian, was rushed to the area and after an hour-long chase, captured Jerry with a tranquilizer dart, said Finn Jensen of the Falck rescue and ambulance service.

Wallabies are native to Australia, and are like kangaroos but smaller. Jerry was born in captivity in Denmark and has lived at the Gavlhus after-school center since 2000. He is being kept at a veterinary clinic for medical checks before going back to the center, which was closed for the holidays until Monday.

Since his escape, Jerry was spotted by dozens of people, but no one could catch him. There were fears he would starve to death or be hit by a car.


On the Net:

Wallaby information: http://www.tased.edu.au/tot/fauna/wallaby.html

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