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Runaway wallaby spotted by drivers in Olathe

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Wally was clocked doing 20 mph by Johnson County deputies and had his family in Olathe worried Sunday night. Wally was clocked doing 20 mph by Johnson County deputies and had his family in Olathe worried Sunday night.
OLATHE, KS (KCTV) -

Drivers in Johnson County called 911 confused by what they were seeing on 151st Street.

Turns out what they thought was a kangaroo hopping along the street was a 2-year-old wallaby named Wally.

"We were sad because we thought he was going to be gone at this point, because they can really fly," Jason Gaut said.

Wally was clocked doing 20 mph by Johnson County deputies and had his family in Olathe worried Sunday night.

Gaut's grandfather got Wally for Brianne, Kaylee and Mackenzie. Dad didn't want to have to tell the girls Wally wasn't coming home.

"We searched for him for like 45 minutes, and it is very hard to see him. When he hides, he gets in the bushes, and you can't find him," Gaut said. "They don't come when you call like a dog. So we were trying to find him, which we weren't able to."

However, drivers soon called police saying a kangaroo was hopping through traffic on 151st Street. Deputies came in and had Wally surrounded.

"Up on New Century Road, I saw some sheriff's patrols and a fire engine and trucks had trucks pulled off on the side of the road," Gaut said. "I gave them some instructions on how to coral him and pick him up and get him back home."

The city of Olathe doesn't have an ordinance against wallabies. They do have an ordinance concerning whether an animal is dangerous or becomes a nuisance. The city looks at each animal on a case by case basis.

"Well I did my homework when we got him, so I called animal control. They said there is no ordinances against wallabies, and there is no leash law in Johnson County, so they didn't cite me. Thank goodness. He is not dangerous," Gaut said.

The Gauts say exotic animals are a big responsibility and not for everyone.

"We've learned now we may have to put some locks on the gates, just in case, because kids can come over and play with him. That is fine, but if they forget and leave the gate open, he can escape. And that was what happened," Gaut said.

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