Pierce County Sheriff's deputies snagged a wallaby, Mia, on the loose in Gig Harbor.(Facebook)

Wallaby jumps out in front of deputy's car in Gig Harbor

An escape attempt by a furry Australian failed on Thursday, when it hopped in front of a sheriff's deputy's patrol car.

Pierce County Sgt. Ed Troyer says the deputy pulled over and called for backup when he thought he saw a kangaroo on 87th Ave. N.W. in Gig Harbor.

"This thing is really fast, but we managed to catch it with a net. It turns out it was a wallaby, 3 feet tall, named Mia."

Deputies found the owner and returned the wallaby. The pen appeared secure and in good shape so nobody knows how the animal, commonly found in Australia, escaped.

Tim Haeck, KIRO Radio Reporter
Tim Haeck is a news reporter with KIRO Radio. While Tim is one of our go-to, no-nonsense reporters, he also has a sensationally dry sense of humor and it will surprise some to learn he is a weekend warrior.
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