Up to 100 wallabies ‘hopping about’

A WILDLIFE officer has said there may be 100 wallabies living in Oxfordshire after one was spotted in Witney.

Sara Pettorino, 50, who lived in Australia for 12 years, said she clipped a wallaby as she drove along Oxford Hill, Witney, yesterday morning.

She said: “I managed to hit the brakes but it still hit the car. It just continued hopping down the road towards Witney and it seemed to be fine.”

PC Simon Towers, police wildlife crime officer, said a wallaby had been killed on the A40 at Witney about two months ago.

He said: “They are more common than you think across the Chilterns and into us and they are spreading this way from Oxford.

“Originally there was a large private house over towards Chinnor or Thame and they had a collection of wallabies, and over the last 20 or 25 years some have escaped and they are acclimatising to our weather.

“We are perhaps talking about 100 over the whole of Oxfordshire.”

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8:29pm Sat 1 Dec 12

JanetJ says...

Is it April Fools day?
Is it April Fools day? JanetJ
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9:46pm Sat 1 Dec 12

benjamin says...

Unfortunately. lots of foriegn species of animals, fish and reptiles have escaped or have been released into the British countryside. These quickly adapt to our natural conditions. No one will ever know how many dangerous non native animals we have. All imports of wild-life should be banned and punishable by jail sentence.
Unfortunately. lots of foriegn species of animals, fish and reptiles have escaped or have been released into the British countryside. These quickly adapt to our natural conditions. No one will ever know how many dangerous non native animals we have. All imports of wild-life should be banned and punishable by jail sentence. benjamin
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2:32am Sun 2 Dec 12

Pavinder Msvarensy says...

Here is a very interesting website that gives all non-native animals currently living and breeding in the uk, it is surprising how many there are.

http://www.hows.org.
uk/inter/birds/exoti
cs.htm
Here is a very interesting website that gives all non-native animals currently living and breeding in the uk, it is surprising how many there are. http://www.hows.org. uk/inter/birds/exoti cs.htm Pavinder Msvarensy
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9:20am Sun 2 Dec 12

JanetJ says...

Pavinder Msvarensy wrote:
Here is a very interesting website that gives all non-native animals currently living and breeding in the uk, it is surprising how many there are.

http://www.hows.org.

uk/inter/birds/exoti

cs.htm
Thanks for this link - I'll keep my eyes open in future!
[quote][p][bold]Pavinder Msvarensy[/bold] wrote: Here is a very interesting website that gives all non-native animals currently living and breeding in the uk, it is surprising how many there are. http://www.hows.org. uk/inter/birds/exoti cs.htm[/p][/quote]Thanks for this link - I'll keep my eyes open in future! JanetJ
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5:29pm Mon 3 Dec 12

Isawyoucoming says...

I'm hopping mad at this news
I'm hopping mad at this news Isawyoucoming
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