Cops are trained to assess any situation, no matter how ridiculous it may be.
Around 5 AM on Monday, people were starting to make their way to work in Sydney, Australia, with many traveling on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
A lot of the same drivers noticed something on the highway, and they weren’t just seeing things, given they were up so early.
Everyone had noticed a lone animal. What animal would dare want to traverse one of Sydney’s busiest highways?
It was a lone wallaby.
A wallaby is in the kangaroo family, but much smaller than regular kangaroos. And this one seemed to lose its way, ending up on the bridge.
“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” a witness said to ABC.
Though wallabies, like kangaroos, can usually be found in the Australian outback, the police believe that this one had wandered onto a nearby golf course, and from there, found its way onto the road.
The wallaby didn’t seem to mind much that he was on a major highway, as he took his time hopping along, disregarding anything nearby.
The free-range animal caused many drivers to stop short.
Amidst all of this, the cops were doing their best to corner the creature and stop the mayhem he was causing.
For a city inspector to say that “It was a very unusual job for a city police officer to be chasing a wallaby,” is an understatement.
The police did get close to him a few times . . .
. . .only to have him hop away.
Despite his best efforts, eventually he was caught, ironically, by a former wallaby.
Nick Farr-Jones, a former rugby player who played on the Wallabies, helped the police capture the animal.
When the wallaby was captured, he was taken to a local zoo to check for any serious injuries or diseases. The marsupial turned out only to be stressed, which is understandable given he probably had no idea where he was and what was going on.
He’ll stay there until they determine he’s healthy enough to be released back into the wild.
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Many wondered why the wallaby took to the highway. Some thought he just wanted to enjoy the view. At least another wallaby was there to help save him. Let’s just hope the marsupial one doesn’t remember how to get back onto the bridge.
Police in Australia went on a high-speed chase — but it wasn't after perpetrators in a car, it was after a wallaby hopping on the highway. pic.twitter.com/6nziVoA458
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 16, 2018