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3:21 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Pierce County deputies trap wallaby on the run

Pierce County sheriff deputies and animal control officers have caught a wallaby on the run in Gig Harbor. The animal had escaped from a nearby residence.

Sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer says the wallaby jumped in front of a deputy's cruiser while he was on patrol Thursday.

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.

Troyer says deputies found the owners' residence nearby with "pretty good living conditions" and a pen, but no one knows how Mia escaped.

Troyer wasn't sure if wallabies are legal to own in unincorporated Pierce County.

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