Wednesday, 23 May, 2018

Wallaby in serious condition after found hopping along Sydney Harbour Bridge

Police track the wallaby over the Sydney Harbour Bridge NSW POLICE Police track the wallaby over the Sydney Harbour Bridge
Preston Stone | 18 January, 2018, 15:12

Former Wallabies captain Nick Farr-Jones was on hand to help capture the Australian national rugby union team's namesake as it crossed the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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

About 5am on Tuesday (local time) a wallaby chose to hop over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, travelling south before taking the Cahill Expressway towards the Conservatorium.

Police said they chased the mysterious marsupial on foot and in a vehicle over the bridge before dawn before catching it in a downtown park and taking it to the city's Taronga Zoo. The examination revealed no significant injuries, but he is being kept under observation in the hospital's intensive care unit.

"It had some minor grazes on its face and its hind legs".

"There are more and more of these wallabies turning up in bushland close to the city", Dr Vogelnest said.

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"When police arrived, the wallaby refused to obey police directions and initially evaded police", Smith joked.

The wallaby was filmed by police as he calmly hopped along the nation's famous landmark, taking in the sights, before officers were able to catch him.

"It was a very unusual job for a city police officer to be chasing a wallaby down the Harbor Bridge", she said, adding that the officers involved would likely never be assigned a similar job.

Dr Eldridge said just as people find it hard to get off freeways, animals such as wallabies can also find themselves trapped by human-built barriers.

Once he was told there was a wallaby on the loose, he did what he could to help capture the marsupial. It was believed the animal may have escaped from a nearby golf course.

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