Australian police have been given the run around by a three-year-old eastern grey kangaroo in Melbourne.
The animal was on the loose in the city’s airport car park.
After evading capture for a while, it started licking its arms, which is a sign of stress.
As as result, a wildlife officer was called in to subdue the animal with a tranquiliser dart.
Manfred Zabinskas believes they were lucky the animal was stressed and in pain, because it would have been more frantic and harder to catch if it was in top condition.
“He has certainly done some damage to his feet, he is in a lot of pain which works to our benefit,” he said.
“It maybe the only thing that stopped him from panicking enough to try and jump over the railing.”
Australian media reported that the kangaroo will be kept in captivity and observed by a vet until it is ready to be released into the wild.