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A Stray Wallaby Stopped Trains and Confused People in the Netherlands

If you’re missing a marsupial, authorities want to hear from you.

On Saturday morning, June 25, in Staphorst, Netherlands, a small town around 75 miles west of Amsterdam, a wallaby appeared near some railroad tracks. Trains were briefly halted. People were confused. Eventually, Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS), the national rail service, offered a picture.

Pretty soon, according to Agence France-Presse, the wallaby—christened “Skippy” by NS—hopped off into the town and disappeared, only to have locals spot it again a few hours later. One of them, Patrick Dunnik, created a lasso and roped one of the wallaby’s legs, and two friends then helped him bring Skippy to the ground. Skippy was later taken away in an “animal ambulance” while authorities try to sort out where it came from.

And where might that be? No one seems to have any idea, though it might have been kept as a pet. The marsupial also could have escaped from a zoo, since that’s where most of the Netherlands’ 500 or so wallabies live. If you have a collection of exotic pets and one is missing, authorities would like to hear from you. If you’re a zookeeper, please check your habitats.