Wally the Wallaby was on the loose near New Century, but he was back home with his owner by May 5.
Johnson County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call about a loose animal that looked like a kangaroo hopping down the middle of the road near New Century Parkway and 151st Street at about 7 p.m. on May 6.
Wallabies are small, kangaroo-like animals indigenous to the southern hemisphere. Authorities discovered the animal hopping along a fenceline nearby.
The owner came to retrieve the animal at about 7:45 p.m. The owner and the animal reside in Olathe, where it is legal to have exotic animals as long as they are not dangerous.
The owner told officers that the wallaby is named “Wally” and that he escaped when someone left a backyard gate open. The owner was not cited for any violations.