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Missing wallaby found in bush near Memphis Zoo exhibit

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Honey Bunch, the wallaby who went missing from the Memphis Zoo this week after storms swept through Tennessee, has been found hiding – almost in plain sight.

“It was an area just behind the exhibit…that had been searched multiple times over the past 36 hours, but it was really well camouflaged and very well hidden under a bush,” said Jessica Faulk, the zoo’s spokeswoman.

A curator happened to see some tracks Friday morning and followed them to Honey Bunch, Faulk said.

“We suspect he was there the whole time,” she said.

Honey Bunch was taken to the zoo’s hospital and examined by a vet, who gave him a clean bill of health, Faulk said.

A stream at the KangaZoo exhibit overflowed during a storm on Wednesday night, and the exhibit was evacuated and the animals taken to the hospital. Honey Bunch and three other wallabies will likely return to the show together in about a day, Faulk said.

Honey Bunch is 21 months old and one of the tallest of the four, she said.

Faulk said no one knew how he got out of the exhibit’s fence, but zoo officials were looking into it so they could prevent it from happening again.

The Memphis police had assisted in the search for the missing animal, a smaller relative of the kangaroo.

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Mike Fahey

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