DEER PARK, Wash. -- A wallaroo was spotted running around Deer Park over the weekend after it escaped from its owner’s property.
A wallaroo is the third largest species of the kangaroo family and is native to Australia.
The animal’s owner, Andie Davis, told KREM 2 News the wallaroo got scared while her landlord was working with some equipment and ran off, breaking through the gate on Davis’ property.
Davis owns three wallaroos, including the one that escaped. Hopkins is 2 and a half years old.
The farthest the wallaroo had been spotted from Davis’ home Sunday evening was a half-mile away near North Monroe Road and West Staley Road. Davis is searching around the clock to find him.
"He's missing his mom and his people. And he's just not sure how to get back home," said Davis.
Some are criticizing Davis for even owning such an exotic animal.
"Some people are saying how can you have an animal like this? They say they're going to come and let all of my animals loose," said Davis.
Anyone who sees the animal is asked to call Spokanimal or the Sheriff’s Office. Trying to approach the wallaroo will likely cause the animal to flee.