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Rare white wallaby spotted in Northamptonshire

Published 03/08/2015 | 10:42

The last recorded sighting of a white wallaby was in 2013
The last recorded sighting of a white wallaby was in 2013

A rare white wallaby has been spotted in Northamptonshire.

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Caroline Phillips, of Grange Park, was riding with a friend in Salcey Forest when she saw a "white thing" at the bottom of her fields on Friday.

She originally thought it was piece of plastic stuck on the hedge, she told the Northampton Herald and Post.

Ms Phillips, originally from Australia, told the paper: "Florence was adamant it was a kangaroo, I was sure it wasn't. I come from Australia where most Australians don't see kangaroos in the wild so it was not likely to happen in England was it? Especially a rare white one."

She then headed back to the stables to fetch her phone and found it had not moved.

She said: "We got quite close to it and stayed in the field watching for at least half an hour. We had thought it may be an escaped pet but apparently there have been sightings of wild wallabies before, but as far as I know no one has ever photographed a white one though."

Sightings of wallabies in the UK are not rare - with colonies of up to 120 being found on the Isle of Man after a pair escaped from a nearby wildlife park in the 1970s.

Smaller colonies can also be found in Norfolk, Cornwall and Scotland. But the last recorded sighting of a white wallaby was in 2013 when one was on the loose in Knowle, near Solihull.

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