Captured wallaby

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LOCALS are being urged to keep a lookout for an escaped wallaby in Peeblesshire.

The animal is one of two which swam off an island in a fishing pond at Leadburn Manor near West Linton.

A local marksman darted one last night but the second remains on the run.

The Scottish SPCA was called in to help round up the creatures

The charity’s senior inspector Stuart Murray said: “These wallabies proved extremely difficult to catch and, while we managed to assist with the retrieval of one, another is still missing.

“Wallabies are very fast animals, reaching speeds of around 40mph so it could have travelled quite a distance by now.

“There is a real danger this wallaby could be hit by a car, so we are keen to hear from members of the public who see it so we can help bring it to safety.”

Anyone who spots the escaped wallaby is asked to contact the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.