UPDATE: Peru police save wallaroo who ended up in Illinois River

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PERU, Ill. (WMBD) — (UPDATE: 7:00 p.m.) — Peru Police managed to rescue a wallaroo on the loose in the LaSalle County city after it was found in the Illinois River Wednesday afternoon.

Police said the wallaroo is a male named Wally. Wallaroos are an intermediate in size between kangaroos and wallabies.

Neighbors documented what they saw through photos and videos as Wally made his way across the city. Police, fire, and citizens tracked Wally around Peru for two hours.

Eventually, Wally ended up in the Illinois River before being pulled out by Peru Police and rushed to a local veterinarian.

Wally is lawfully owned and possessed by a state permit. Police are asking residents to send Wally good vibes for a quick recovery.


(PREVIOUS) — Peru Police confirmed a wallaroo was spotted hopping its way through the LaSalle County city Wednesday afternoon, and they believe it could be someone’s pet.

Police are working with the owner to catch the animal and return the wallaroo home safely.

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