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Where's wallaby fever hits Gloucestershire

By The Citizen  |  Posted: July 28, 2012

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WALLABY fever has hit the county with readers reporting sightings of the mysterious marsupial hopping around Highnam.

Railway inspector Martin Donnelly spotted a wallaby while driving alongside the train track near Highnam late on Monday evening.

He said: "I thought it was a hare at first.

"It was drinking from a puddle and had its head down.

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"It was only when it looked up I recognised it was a wallaby.

"I phoned through to a couple of welders who were also working that night and they thought I was barking mad.

"It was only a few days later I realised someone had reported a sighting in the same area just a few hours before."

Meanwhile at nearby Over Farm Market, manager Gill Loughrey said she had received several calls of wallabies roaming around.

She said: "People seemed to think they belonged to us but we don't have any wallabies on our farm."

The story of the wandering wallaby has caught readers' imaginations since it was revealed the marsupial was released by merry students at Hartpury College's ball on June 4.

News of the sightings went around the world, including to the wallaby's native Australia, after calls were made to the police.

Commenting on our website thisisGloucestershire.co.uk, Matt 1006 said: "So a wallaby was set free from Hartpury two months ago (and was reported, although it appears not to the police), and nobody thought to make the connection when the reported sightings on the A40 at Highnam were first made?"

Speaking to The Citizen yesterday, Hartpury vice-principal Luke Rake said: "As yet we have not received any calls from members of the public but I'd like to encourage anyone sighting the animal to call us on 01452 702 133 because we can be there within 10 minutes."

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