Farmer’s anger as white wallaby is found dead in Northampton field

A white wallaby that was spotted several times in Northamptonshire over the summer has been found dead.

The animal had been seen near Salcey Forest several times since July and is thought to be the same one photographed in the county in 2009.

The white wallaby had been spotted in a field near Salcey Forest recently. By Nathan Chambers.

The white wallaby had been spotted in a field near Salcey Forest recently. By Nathan Chambers.

But farmer Nathan Chambers, who delighted Northamptonshire with his video of the 5ft high wallaby this week, was saddened to find it dead on Thursday afternoon in a field in Piddington.

Mr Chambers said it had several injuries, including a hole in its throat.

Mr Chambers said his father, a farmer for 36 years, saw the wound and believed it to have been caused by a dog.

Nathan said: “I’m really gutted and actually pretty furious.

Nathan Chambers with the wallaby.

Nathan Chambers with the wallaby.

“I don’t know for sure obviously, but it looks like some animal has chased it down. It may not have been attacked where I found it but maybe got away and died later.”

“If it was a dog then the owner is at fault. The land where I found it is not public land so any dog that killed this wallaby was off the leash or else the owner was trespassing.

“I’m extremely hacked off.”

Mr Chambers said he last saw the wallaby alive on Wednesday afternoon and believes it was killed that evening.

The injuries included a bloodied eye, an injured foot part and it also had part of an ear missing. Its throat also had what appeared to be saliva round it and there was dark-coloured fur scattered nearby.

Mr Chambers said: “There are other dark-coloured wallabies around Salcey Forest and I can only hope this serves as a warning to dog walkers to be more responsible.”

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