Maine couple allowed to keep pet wallaby

4:37 PM, Aug 31, 2012   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - There's going to be a happy ending for a Maine couple who brought home a pet wallaby, a kangaroo-like animal that's native to Australia.

Michelle Charette and Jay Batchelder of Island Falls say they've been granted a state permit with a handful of conditions. The Bangor Daily News says those conditions include getting it vaccinated in September and neutered when he's older.

There was no known rabies vaccine for a wallaby in Maine when the animal was purchased from a breeder in New Jersey. But the couple found a veterinarian in Caribou who happens to be from Australia and who's willing to administer it.

For now the wallaby is restricted to the property, for which the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Department specified a 6-foot-tall fence.

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