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Pet wallaby breaks loose in Madison Co.

A kangaroo was reported to have escaped in the Meridianville area Tuesday. (Source: Arynn Troupe/Instagram) A kangaroo was reported to have escaped in the Meridianville area Tuesday. (Source: Arynn Troupe/Instagram)
Langley, as the family calls him, returned home Tuesday evening. (Source: WAFF) Langley, as the family calls him, returned home Tuesday evening. (Source: WAFF)
MERIDIANVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A Madison County family's pet wallaby sent animal control officers hopping around Meridianville Tuesday.

A video was turned in to Madison County Animal Control Tuesday afternoon that depicts the wallaby on the move in the middle of a street. That wallaby, named Langley, is just shy of 5-years-old and 25 pounds. But her odyssey packed a wallop for neighbors and animal control officials alike.

Neighbor Mike Hoskin said the buzz about the wallaby's adventure quickly echoed across the country.

"Sent a picture to my wife on the cell phone," Hoskin said. "It was in the local news out in Ogden, Utah; she's out at Hill Air Force Base."

The owner of the Bennett's wallaby, posted a message to Facebook Tuesday evening which said the incident was an "unfortunate accident." They believe the storms that rolled through the area blew their backyard gate open and facilitated the animal's release. 

Langley was returned home early Tuesday evening after animal control tracked her down in another yard. Officials said it was a frightening few hours, as they worried about the wallaby running afoul of a coyote or a car. This particular wallaby, better known as hailing from Australia, was actually born in the U.S., and has lived in the neighborhood about three years without attracting much attention... until now.

"We see deer and turkey over by the river here," Hoskin laughed. "Never a wallaby; that's a first."

Wallabies eat grass, hay, and in cases such as Langley's, packaged wallaby and kangaroo food. Alabama exotic animal laws do not forbid the ownership of wallabies.

Copyright 2014 WAFF. All rights reserved.

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