UPDATE: Wallaby back home after brief escape in north Alabama neighborhood

MERIDIANVILLE, Ala. – Yes, you read that headline correctly.  An eagle-eyed viewer questioned her sanity after spotting a wallaby bouncing around Wes Ashley Drive in Meridianville Tuesday afternoon.

Arynn Troupe was quick enough to snag a video of the wallaby, though.  She contacted WHNT News 19 to tell us about it.

“I knew no one would ever believe me so I grabbed my phone and started shooting,” Troupe says.

Madison County Animal Control were made aware of the rogue animal and responded with a crew of three officers.

Photo of "Langley" the wallaby

Photo of “Langley” the wallaby (Arynn Troupe)

“It’s likely an imported exotic pet. Some jurisdictions outlaw exotic pets, but as far as I know, it would be legal to own one,” Madison County Animal Control Director Mike Fritz said.

The owner of the animal says “Langley” got out of a gate at his home. On a Facebook post Tuesday evening the owner  said the incident was an “unfortunate accident.”  The owner indicated the animal was located and they said they hope the incident never happens again.

Alabama exotic animal laws do not forbid the ownership of wallabies.

Wallabies are like kangaroos, only smaller.

If you see news happening, let us know! Call (256) 533-1919 or email a tip to news@whnt.com.  Arynn, we appreciate the tip about this story!

5 comments

  • Richard

    Cool story… a welcome change from the usual topics. Its not everyday you see a Wallaby in your neighborhood.

  • Jim

    When we lived in Augusta GA my wife called me at work saying, you wont believe this but there is an ostrich running through our neighborhood. She said it was an incredible site seeing this huge bird running down the road. It turned out that it was an EMU and it unfortunately died due to heat exhaustion after his escape and being on the lam for a few hours in the hot summer sun..

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