Wallabies from Australia have gained a foothold in the U.K. and may be there for good

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Much ink has been spilled about the problem of invasive species from rabbits to cane toads in Australia, but a native Australian marsupial may have invaded right back by establishing a wild population in England. Biologist Anthony Caravaggi spent several years collecting information on wallaby sightings in England over the last decade to get a sense of where and how many wild wallabies might be roaming the English countryside. The red-necked wallaby is native to eastern Australia and the island state of Tasmania. It’s a diminutive relative of the kangaroo, standing perhaps a metre tall, with a body about the size of a full-grown Labrador retriever.

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