Wallaby on the Loose in Copenhagen
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) _ A wallaby is not what Danes heading home from a Christmas party expect to see.
But the 4-year-old marsupial, normally a resident at an after-school center for children, has been on the loose in Copenhagen since Nov. 2, when someone forgot to close his cage.
``That’s our Jerry,″ Arne Christoffersen, the Gavlhus Center’s director, said Monday after residents of the Broenshoej neighborhood reported the wallaby hopping around a park this weekend. ``We sporadically hear about him, but no one can catch him. He’s too fast.″
After Jerry escaped, Christoffersen feared he would starve or be hit by a car.
``Somehow, he has managed to survive, but we don’t know how,″ he said, noting Jerry is shy around people.
Wallabies are native to Australia, and are like kangaroos but smaller. Jerry was born in captivity in Denmark and has lived at the after-school center since 2000.
``With temperatures dipping to below freezing, we hope that he will he back home,″ Christoffersen said. ``We keep the door to his cozy cage open.″