Wallaby missing from Tiny Steps Petting Farm near Bourne captured before escaping again
A missing wallaby was briefly captured before escaping into the Lincolnshire countryside again.
Staff at Tiny Steps Petting Farm in Thurlby have been worried since Ant, the seven-month-old wallaby, disappeared last week between Tuesday night and early on Wednesday morning.
Since then he has been spotted hopping around the area.
In a bid to contain him, feeding stations have been installed in various locations to try and catch Ant.
This morning (January 15), staff at the petting farm checked one of the traps and found Ant inside eating the food which had been left there to entice him in.
They rang for reinforcements to carefully begin the process of moving Ant home, and soon after two RSPCA inspectors arrived.
A blanket was put over the trap to keep Ant calm and the team carefully began to leave the area carrying the trap with Ant in it.
However, after travelling just six metres, the crafty wallaby managed to open the door and he hopped off.
In a post on Facebook, Tracey Hall, owner of Tiny Steps Petting Farm, said: "Words can’t adequately describe the frustration and upset at this happening.
"The trap is made for dogs, foxes and other UK mammals, none of which are even half as strong as a wallaby.
’The metal grille door was almost bent double. As you can imagine, there isn’t too much call in the UK for a wallaby trap."
With Ant still on the loose, staff at the petting farm will continue to keep feeding him at a 'very specific couple of locations', and will be getting hold of a slightly different trap.
They have reminded people not to try chasing him but instead to message the Tiny Steps if they spot him.