This Adorable Wallaby Halted Traffic by Hopping Across the Sydney Harbor Bridge

From TIME - January 15, 2018

(SYDNEY)A wayward wallaby disrupted downtown traffic by bounding across the Sydney Harbor Bridge on Tuesday with police in pursuit.

The adult male was captured without any apparent serious injury and is expected to be released back into the wild within days.

Swamp wallabies, which are smaller marsupials than their kangaroo cousins, are common across eastern Australia, but are rarely seen in cities.

The startled wallaby hopped across the bridges eight lanes of traffic an hour before sunrise then turned onto an expressway on the harbors southern shore toward the Sydney Opera House. A pursuing police car with flashing lights videoed the animals steady bounding before a police officer captured him near the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and wrangled him into a horse float, police said.

Veterinarian Larry Vogelnest said the wallaby was quite distressed but he gave it a tranquilizer before taking it to the wildlife hospital at nearby Taronga Zoo.


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