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Update: Pet wallaby in Mississippi has been found

3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago Wednesday, March 28 2018 Mar 28, 2018 March 28, 2018 7:13 PM March 28, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press
Image: The Hattiesburg American

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - A southern Mississippi pet wallaby has found his way back home after being missing for over two weeks.

According to multiple media reports, Hattiesburg resident Katherine Smith lured Jeff, the 2-year-old pet, into her fenced backyard to catch him Wednesday morning. Jeff's owner, Logan Whitehead, was then reunited with his Australian macropod, according to a Facebook post by his girlfriend Kayla Graham.

Whitehead said he immediately took Jeff to the veterinarian, who said Jeff lost some weight but is healthy.

Whitehead told The Hattiesburg American he had been scared Jeff wouldn't find his way home and is happy to have him home because "that's my baby."

The city of Hattiesburg had rallied to find the wallaby, with businesses offering rewards for his recovery, and even making T-shirts to spread awareness.

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Residents of a southern Mississippi city are coming together to help a distraught pet owner find his runaway wallaby.  

The Hattiesburg American reports that Jeff, the 2-year-old pet wallaby, has been lost for nearly two weeks, and the community is helping owner Logan Whitehead track him down.
  
Area businesses are offering hundreds in rewards for whoever finds Jeff. Three residents paraglided over the city to search from above. Another resident wrote a song for Jeff, which has gone viral . Residents are beginning to don T-shirts to spread awareness and carry bread and bananas in case they see him.
  
Hattiesburg Zoo animal care manager Stephen Taylor told the newspaper Jeff is probably safe. Wallabies, he said, can survive in extreme temperatures and graze on grass and leaves.

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