Lost and Found: Illinois’ Escaped Wallaby Rupert Safely Returns Home


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MONEE, Ill. — A surprising twist to an already unique tale: Rupert, the missing wallaby from Monee, is finally back in the comforting embrace of his home. The marsupial’s unexpected adventure ended Saturday when he was found just a few miles from the Hange family’s residence.

The 2-year-old wallaby’s vanishing act began on a quiet Tuesday night from the family’s backyard, rapidly capturing the nation’s attention. Josie Hange, Rupert’s owner, expressed relief and gratitude, sharing that the adventurer was found in prime condition, devoid of any injuries.

Local residents were on their toes after Will County Animal Control officials spread word of the runaway wallaby. Flyers and notifications popped up, advising the Monee community to be watchful and capture any sightings of the little wanderer.

Earlier in the week, Crete residents witnessed heightened vigilance, following a potential sighting of Rupert. The Crete Police Department had advised against approaching the skittish wallaby, suggesting residents instead document any sightings and immediately relay the information.

Thanks to a community’s combined effort, the tale of Rupert’s escape has found its joyful conclusion. Safe at home, Rupert’s unexpected journey will surely be remembered by Monee’s residents for years to come.


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