Taxi driver amazed as he spots Wallaby in West Sussex
A taxicab driver got a shock when he encountered a 'deer' in the road that turned out to be a Wallaby.
Steven Day, 47, was driving through Horsham in West Sussex on a country road when he spotted what he thought was a deer up ahead and slowed down.
To his amazement as he drew closer he realised that it was in fact a wallaby, native only to Australia.
Mistaking it for a kangaroo, Day began filming the animal as it hopped along in the dark in front of his cab at 2:30am on Friday August 18.
Speaking to the Sun, Day said: "I have no idea where it came from but it was about the size of an average dog – the size of my greyhound – and it wasn't scared of me.
"I got home and told my kids and they said 'shut up, it was probably just a rabbit' but then I showed them the video."
The director of conservation at London Wildlife Trust, Mathew Frith noted that it was in fact a wallaby, and that there are actually wild wallabys in England.
He told the Sun: "A number of naturalised populations have survived in England since escaping from collections in the 1850s – mainly in Derbyshire, but last seen wild there in 2006; these are of the Tasmanian sub-species.
"A population did become established in West Sussex in the 1940s, and were recorded into the 1970s in and around Crawley and Horsham.
"It is entirely likely that a few still survive, if not a more recent escapee. There is a captive population at Leonardslee Gardens south-east of Horsham."