Owners await autopsy on Wendell the wallaby
The owners of Wendell the wallaby are waiting for autopsy results to learn how their beloved animal died after his body was found in a cornfield just two kilometres from the farm he disappeared from two weeks ago.
Wendell, a kangaroo-like animal, went missing from his pen near Kemptville, Ont. after a winter storm knocked down fencing at Saunders Country Critters and Garden Centre in late October.
One kangaroo and four wallabies escaped after the storm swept through the region. All were found soon after except for Wendell, a Bennett wallaby who was born at the centre three years ago.
Wendell's life on the lam sparked interest around the world and his owners say news of his death has brought nearly 1,000 messages of condolence.
"From Nova Scotia to Alberta, to people coming up here from New York State to tromp through woods looking for him -- the support has just been unbelievable," said Carla Saunders, one of Wendell's caregivers.
Since Wendell's disappearance, there have been several reports of a wallaby spotted hopping in various parts of eastern Ontario, including Ottawa, Smiths Falls and Athens.
The wallaby's owners, however, say it's too early to tell if the wallaby actually made a trip to all those places.