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Cops caught on the hop by wandering wallaby.

POLICE prepared the breathalyser when a motorist called to tell them: "I've just seen a wallaby bouncing along the road."

But the caller insisted he hadn't been drinking when he spotted the creature hopping along the A91 in Fife in the early hours of yesterday morning.

When officers investigated they discovered the wallaby was one of five which had escaped from a nearby animal park.

Last night, only one of the missing marsupials - promptly nicknamed Skippy - was still keeping its pursuers on the hop.

The six-month-old female escaped from Fife Animal Park at Collessie after a gate was left open. Park boss Edna Moffat said the first she knew of the escape was when police contacted her.

She said: "A taxi driver spotted her at the side of the road and phoned the police.

"He told them 'Honestly, I haven't been drinking - I've just seen a wallaby'.

"This is the first animal that has ever escaped from the park."

By the time officers arrived, the 2ft- tall, light-brown animal had disappeared.

She was later spotted twice at nearby Meadowells Farm, but managed to stay one jump ahead of her pursuers.

A spokesman for Fife police said: "A motorist raised the alarm after spotting a wallaby on the A91, a hop, skip and a jump from its Newburgh junction."
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Author:Chamberlain, Gethin
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Oct 7, 2000
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