Wallaby spotted crossing the road in UK as baffled Brit spots maverick marsupial

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A wallaby was spotted crossing the road in Devon last night in a baffling site, it has been reported.

The maverick marsupial was seen hopping along between Exeter and Crediton in the south west of England.

Local Izzy Lee said she was driving home to Crediton when she had the close encounter, Devon Live reports.

She said: "Something hopped through the road and stopped and stared at me.

"Turns out it's a wild wallaby!"

Wallabies are native to Australia but there have been numerous sightings of the creatures in Devon in recent years – so don't be surprised if you spot the jumping animal.

A wild wallaby was on the loose last year, with pictures showing it wandering around the streets of nearby Ottery St Mary.

And locals said there is an entire mob of the animals living in the Hemyock and Dunkeswell areaafter walkers filmed a wallaby bouncing around a Devon woodland.

Another was spotted roaming around Plymouth last year.

Many were concerned that the small animal, believed to be a baby, had escaped from nearby Dartmoor Zoo.

There are thought to be around 100 leaving in the wild in the UK, with other populations on the Isle of Man, in the Peak District and East Sussex.

The wallaby is native to Australia but populations have been introduced in other countries.

They are similar to kangaroos but they are smaller and have more compact legs.

In more exotic animals news, an emu called Ethel escaped from her home in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, in August.

The 6ft tall bird, which also originates from Australia, was eventually reunited with her owner after going on the run.

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