A group of Lower Silesian foresters were truly shocked earlier this week when they came across a wallaby in the forest near Węgliniec.
According to Gazeta Wrocławska, the swamp wallaby is thought to have fled from a small zoo or safari in Germany and somehow hopped across the border to the forest. Radio Wrocław report that a few drivers and angers have also spotted the animal.
The marsupial is reportedly in good health having been able to feed on leaves and flowers in the forest.
They are species alien to our ecosystem that are not adapted to function in the forest, in particular such a large and complex forest as Bory Dolnośląskie. They have no chance to survive in our conditions. They can also be carriers of diseases that threaten the native fauna.
Janusz Kobielski, forester
The wallaby was eventually tracked down and is now back in captivity in Germany.