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Escaped wallaby goes on walkabout in Dallas neighborhood

March 21, 2019 GMT

              In this Wednesday, March 20, 2019 photo, a wallaby leaps to the front porch of a home in a Dallas neighborhood. The wallaby is native to Australia and New Guinea and part of the same family as kangaroos. Dallas Animal Services announced in a Facebook post Wednesday afternoon that the animal was kept secure until its unidentified owner picked it up. (Vernon Bryant/The Dallas Morning News via AP)
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In this Wednesday, March 20, 2019 photo, a wallaby leaps to the front porch of a home in a Dallas neighborhood. The wallaby is native to Australia and New Guinea and part of the same family as kangaroos. Dallas Animal Services announced in a Facebook post Wednesday afternoon that the animal was kept secure until its unidentified owner picked it up. (Vernon Bryant/The Dallas Morning News via AP)
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In this Wednesday, March 20, 2019 photo, a wallaby leaps to the front porch of a home in a Dallas neighborhood. The wallaby is native to Australia and New Guinea and part of the same family as kangaroos. Dallas Animal Services announced in a Facebook post Wednesday afternoon that the animal was kept secure until its unidentified owner picked it up. (Vernon Bryant/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

DALLAS (AP) — A wallaby who apparently escaped his owners went on a walkabout in an east Dallas neighborhood before being recaptured.

Tim Tiernan said he and his wife were taking a morning walk Wednesday when they saw what they first thought was a dog. The wallaby hopped into the couple’s driveway and up to their back door.

Dallas Animal Services officers eventually caught the marsupial in the couple’s backyard. The animal was identified as Muggsy and picked up by his owner.

Officials didn’t release the owner’s name or how the wallaby escaped. The agency said the wallaby is kept on a country ranch.

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Wallabies are native to Australia and surrounding islands and are a close relative of the kangaroo.