Baffled keepers were confused to find a pesky prankster had broken into a petting zoo and swapped the animals around.
Workers at the Old Hurst farm in Huntingdon, England, were astonished to see deer in the goose enclosure and swans in the wrong pen. Huntingdon is a town about 60 miles north of London.
As a result of the shuffle, a wallaby escaped from the park in a bid for freedom.
Owner Andy Johnson said: “Someone got in in the middle of the night and mixed up all the animals.”
“Nothing was taken and the wallaby must have got out through a fence. We haven’t seen it since.”
Asked if he wanted an appeal launched for the return of the animal, Johnson said: “Not really because the last time it happened a few years ago people brought a lot of wallabies that weren’t even ours.”
Police are hunting for the mischievous criminal following the bizarre break-in earlier this month.
Sightings of the wallaby in the local area have been reported on two occasions since, but its exact whereabouts are still unknown.
A Cambridgeshire police spokesman said: “There had been a similar call the previous evening, when a marsupial was spotted by the side of Owl Way, Hartford.”
“Police contacted a local butcher who undertook to send someone out to search for the animal, but unfortunately the police log does not mention whether or not the wallaby was located.”
Earlier in the week, another escaped wallaby was spotted hopping along a rural road near the Essex/Suffolk border — more than 10,000 miles away from its native home.
Julian “Buggs” Eley, 53, sighted the unusual marsupial while driving down a lane on the Essex/Suffolk border. The two counties are north-west of London.
Despite it being pitch black at the time, the wallaby could be seen as clear as day hopping along the road.
It’s thought the animal escaped from a nearby wildlife park although it’s “not impossible” it could be living wild.
Buggs said: “I was just so shocked, it was really surprising.”
“My wife wouldn’t believe me, I took her down the road a couple of times but I couldn’t see it anymore.”
“Now I’ve got it on video, she believes me.”
Eley, from Sudbury, Suffolk, took the video on September 17 in Foxearth.
“I just took the missus to work at 8 p.m. and then went to walk the dog. It’s a nice drive down there with all the country roads.”
“I knew there was something in the area and I saw something on my drive around there before.”
“So I set my iPhone up on the off chance that I might see them and I just pressed record.”
“There’s more than one there, there’s three that I know of. A couple of cyclists have said they saw two in a row.”
“On the video, I took, you can see that there’s another one jumping into the bushes.”
“It was just a bit of fun but after a while the white wallaby wouldn’t move out the way so I couldn’t get past it and had to wait!”
A spokesman from the Suffolk Wildlife Trust said: “What a lovely unusual sighting! Our mammal experts say that it is unlikely that this is a wild wallaby but instead an escapee.”
“It isn’t impossible that it is from the wild but it is not something that we have heard of in the area before.”
“And it’s also unlikely that they would survive long in the wild particularly because they were seen so near to the road and motorists.”
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