A wallaby is on the run in South Lanarkshire after escaping from a family park near Carluke.
The marsupial was photographed on Braidwood Road, on the bridge into the village of Crossford, by breakfast show presenter Gary Muircroft as he made his way into work for his “Go Radio Breakfast Show with Crofty and Grado”.
The wallaby made a break for it from the Clyde Valley Family Park, which looks after many animals on its farm including horses, donkeys and llamas.
Grant Bell, the park’s owner, told STV News: “I can imagine it would have been quite a surprise for locals to have seen a wallaby running about the Carluke area this morning.
“The wallaby is one of ours. It was in a pen with other wallabies in a walk-through pen. I think somebody must have left a gate open and the wallaby has been spooked [and] darted off into the streets.
“This is the first time it has happened. It’s quite a young wallaby, it only came out of its mother’s pouch in early March, so it is only about ten or 11-months-old.”
Bell said the marsupial is in the Crossford/Rosebank area, within about a mile or so of the park.
He added: “There is not a lot we can do until it ends up somebody’s garden. They are quite quiet animals and very approachable. But if anyone spots the wallaby I would ask they give us a ring and we will take it from there.”
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Around 6.30am on Friday, July 16, officers were called after a report of a wallaby seen on Braidwood Road in Carluke. Officers are liaising with the local farm park who have confirmed that it is missing from there.”
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