The wallaby watch is over.
That’s good news for the owners of the critter, missing in Langley since Thursday, and now located safe and sound.
“Now I know that you actually catch a wallaby using a fishing net,” says Sgt. Bill Beals with the Langley RCMP.
He says the animal was spotted this morning at a home near 125th St. and 56th Ave.
“We got a phone call this morning just before eight, a person woke up and reported a ‘kangaroo’ in their back yard. They actually weren’t aware that we had posted a missing wallaby two days earlier. So I guess they woke up a little surprised.”
The taste of freedom was sweet. I thirst for more!!! 🐾🇦🇺— Langley_Wallaby (@Langley_Wallaby) February 18, 2017
He says Mounties and the owners attended and were able to eventually corral the animal.
“We were trying to figure out do you lasso this thing, or put a dog collar on it, what do you do? But it turns out you can’t do that because the jerking action will actually hurt the wallaby’s neck. In the end, the owners actually had a fishing net with them, a big scooping net for something you’d land a big coho salmon or something like that, and they put it over top of it, and jumped on top.”
Beals says the animal appeared unharmed, and the owners packed it up in a dog carrier.
He added thanks to the public, who he says called in multiple wallaby sightings across the city in the days since the animal was reported missing.
There’s no doubt the six year old rogue antipodean animal captured imaginations, joining the pantheon of urban animals like the Downtown Deer and Olympic Village Beaver to earn their own Twitter account.