Wayward wallaby spotted hopping loose near New Century AirCenter

The call came in to the Johnson County Sheriff’s dispatcher around 7 p.m.

A kangaroo was bouncing down the road next to the New Century AirCenter in southern Johnson County, a driver reported.

“Somebody was exiting the airport and saw it just hopping southbound,” said Sgt. Ross Turner. “And sure enough, our unit turned onto New Century Parkway and there it was.”

Turns out it wasn’t a kangaroo, but a wayward wallaby, Turner said.

“It’s a smaller version of a kangaroo,” he said.

He assumed it was someone’s pet and said authorities would probably release it to the owners if they could be found.

“Right now, we’re just keeping an eye on it until animal control gets here,” he said.

Owning a pet wallaby is legal in the county, Turner said.

“I know there are some people in the county who have them,” he said. “You’d be surprised at what kinds of things people out here have.”

At 7:35 p.m., the owner had been located. A message went out from the dispatcher:

“There’s a wallaby in custody by the owner.”