Police responded to an unexpected call for assistance after a wallaby was spotted crossing the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Police responded to an unexpected call for assistance after a wallaby was spotted crossing the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Harbour Bridge wallaby to go home

THE adventurous wallaby who stopped motorists in their tracks when he hopped along the Sydney Harbour Bridge is being released back into the wild.

The wayward male swamp wallaby was taken to Taronga Zoo in a serious condition due to the stress of his moment in the spotlight on January 16.

Motorists were caught by surprise when the furry marsupial jumped - without indicating - between cars before bouncing onto the Cahill Expressway and then Macquarie Street in the early hours of the morning.

Dr. Larry Vogelnest, senior veterinarian at Taronga Zoo, checks the wallaby at Taronga Wildlife Hospital. Picture: AP
Dr. Larry Vogelnest, senior veterinarian at Taronga Zoo, checks the wallaby at Taronga Wildlife Hospital. Picture: AP

NSW Police captured the wallaby - with the help of former Wallabies captain Nick Farr-Jones who was on his way to work when he came across the very Australian turn of events.

Taronga Zoo's senior veterinarian Dr Larry Vogelnest assessed the marsupial shortly after his capture saying he would be released as soon as he was well enough.

After more than a week in recovery, the wallaby will be released on Thursday morning by Dr Vogelnest and a National Parks and Wildlife Service ranger at Ku- ring-gai Chase National Park.


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