The Rise And Fall Of The Highgate Wallaby

Miss you already.

1. Early last week, a rogue wallaby settled into Highgate Cemetery.

2. It had previously been spotted on Hampstead Heath.


Marc Haynes

@amazinghaynes

The Ham and High’s exclusive photo of a possible wallaby on Hampstead Heath. Case closed!

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3. The wallaby got to know its new surroundings.


N6Wallaby

@HighgateWallaby

just having a wander, lovely day for it

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4. Local residents were not impressed.

5. But local businesses were quick to welcome the new marsupial.


Benham & Reeves

@BenhamReeves

Welcome to Highgate @HighgateWallaby good to have you here.

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6. The community learned to love the creature.

7. The wallaby invited its friends around.

8. Local animals tweeted insensitive comments to the wallaby.

“@HighgateWallaby: I'm in fine fettle, no need to panic. Thanks @RSPCA_official” Go on. Fuck off back where you came from. #wallabysgohome

— kentishtowncats (@kentishtowncats)

kentishtowncats

@kentishtowncats

“@HighgateWallaby: I’m in fine fettle, no need to panic. Thanks @RSPCA_official” Go on. Fuck off back where you came from. #wallabysgohome

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9. But on Halloween, the wallaby’s sojourn was cut short.

Getting V.I.W. treatment, I should get 'captured' more often #fivestarwallaby

— N6Wallaby (@HighgateWallaby)

N6Wallaby

@HighgateWallaby

Getting V.I.W. treatment, I should get ‘captured’ more often #fivestarwallaby

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10. It had grown too cocky and had hopped to a local playground.

 

11. And its North London jaunt was stopped by the RSPCA.

12. Goodbye Highgate wallaby. Hop on.

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Ailbhe Malone is the UK lifestyle editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
 
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