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The Ripon Gazette has received several reports of a wallaby sighted near West Tanfield.

The Ripon Gazette has received several reports of a wallaby sighted near West Tanfield.

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Drivers on a country road north of Ripon are facing a mystery after a series of bewildering sightings of an exotic animal on the roadside.

Perplexed motorists have been contacting the Ripon Gazette to report sightings of a stray wallaby.

A large hare-like creature was spotted by Masham woman Joy Rayden and a friend on the B6108 Ripon to Masham road at 9.15pm on Tuesday, March 6.

She said: “As we were leaving West Tanfield, the headlights picked out the rear end of a brown, smooth-haired animal looking very much like a crouching hare, but probably two or three times larger.

“As we sat waiting for it to move, in a leisurely fashion it stood up and lolloped to the side of the road. It was a wallaby!

“My friend and I agreed that we were glad to be in company, otherwise we would have thought we were hallucinating.”

Other drivers have taken to Twitter after spotting the mystery marsupial.

Masham’s Bon Coeur Wines wrote: “One of our team saw a wallaby on the road whilst driving out of W Tanfield a week ago!”

• Have you seen the wallaby of West Tanfield, or do you know the story of why it’s here?

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