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A missing wallaby in Tennessee has been found in the very zoo where it resides after a storm covered up the animal’s momentary escape.
The Memphis Zoo announced that it found its “wandering wallaby” hopping around in a service yard near the zoo’s Rainbow Lake on Friday, April 15.
“Zookeepers spotted new wallaby tracks this morning which led them to him,” the Memphis Zoo tweeted. “The wallaby is back with his group in hospital under observation and will be examined by our senior vet.”
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Memphis Zoo spokeswoman Jessica Faulk told The Associated Press that the recovered wallaby’s name was Honey Bunch. The animal is 21 months old.
“It was an area right behind the exhibit,” Faulk said, describing the area where Honey Bunch was found.
She noted that the area “was searched multiple times” in the 36 hours of her disappearance.
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Honey Bunch had been “very well camouflaged” as he hid under a bush, Faulk said.
“We suspect he was there the whole time,” she continued.
It is currently unknown how Honey Bunch escaped from its enclosure.
The young marsupial had been moved from the KangaZoo exhibit on Wednesday evening when a storm flooded one of the streams in the exhibit.
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The animals in the KangaZoo exhibit have been temporarily moved to the zoo’s animal hospital, according to The Associated Press.
Severe flooding and wind gusts of up to 70 mph swept through the Tennessee city and surrounding areas on Wednesday, April 13, FOX 13 Memphis reported.
Honey Bunch is the largest of the four wallabies housed at the Memphis Zoo.
Wallabies are considered a “medium-sized” marsupial mammal that belongs to the same group of animals that kangaroos belong to – the macropodidae, according to Britannica.
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Wallabies are mainly found in Australia, but some can also be found in New Guinea.