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Missing wallaby sighted in Thurlby as video shows him hopping along in Edenham

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The search continues for a missing wallaby which has been seen in Thurlby this morning (Friday, January 7).

Staff at Tiny Steps Petting Farm in Thurlby have been worried since Ant, the seven-month-old wallaby, disappeared late on Tuesday night or early on Wednesday.

Since then he has been spotted hopping around in Lound, Carlby and in Edenham, including in the video below by Carla Rawlings, who saw him yesterday morning (Thursday).

This morning RSPCA inspector Justin Stubbs, armed with a large net, was called to Thurlby after Ant was spotted in someone's garden in Swallow Hill, Thurlby.

He was unable to capture the animal though.

Tracey Hall, who runs the petting farm, said: "He's having far too much fun to be caught! Every time anyone gets near him, he just hops off. He is obviously enjoying his freedom."

Ant the Wallaby has escaped from Tiny Steps Petting Farm
Ant the Wallaby has escaped from Tiny Steps Petting Farm

She said she had been very worried about him, particularly with the cold nights this week, but that sightings of him in good health had offered some reassurance.

"It has been worrying because he's obviously crossed some very busy and dangerous roads," Tracey said.

"We have had a lot of support though trying to find him and we are so grateful."

While the search continues for the joey, his brother Dec - the pair are named after the television duo - is being kept safe and sound.

While he may look relatively small, Tracey and Justin warned that Ant has strong legs and anyone who spots him shouldn't try to capture him themselves.

Instead call Tiny Steps Petting Farm on 07985 421276 with any sightings as soon as possible to give them the best chance of finding Ant before he hops away again.

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