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Pierce County deputies trap wallaby on the run

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The Associated Press
This photo provided by the Pierce County Sheriff’s office shows officers capturing an escaped wallaby in Gig Harbor, Wash., Thursday.

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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