Searchers are scouring woodlands in Washington state for a wallaby that has gone missing from a petting zoo. It is a case that has the potential to irreparably damage U.S.-Australian relations should anything happen to the adorable animal.
The 6-year-old Australian marsupial named Bella became spooked during a transfer this past weekend to the Outback Kangaroo Farm in Arlington, Washington.
"Bella took off across Highway 530 and down the embankment towards the river," the petting zoo wrote on Facebook. "We have not located her since."
The petting zoo is concerned for Bella's safety, given the bears and coyotes that roam the woods.
"There are several predators in the area and as night falls, temperatures drop, which requires a heating lamp for our sweet Bella," the zoo wrote.
Come back, Bella!
David Mack is a reporter and weekend editor for BuzzFeed News in New York.
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