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Missing wallaby found dead in Minnesota

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OLY2000092407-24 SEPTEMBER 2000 - SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: France's Miguel Martinez poses with his gold medal in the men's cross-country mountain bike event and Millie the wallaby at the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia September 24 in a file photo. UPI rw/cc Christine Chew | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/c244fee37dd3190706fb499a7d823390/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
OLY2000092407-24 SEPTEMBER 2000 - SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: France's Miguel Martinez poses with his gold medal in the men's cross-country mountain bike event and Millie the wallaby at the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia September 24 in a file photo. UPI rw/cc Christine Chew | License Photo

SAVAGE, Minn., Oct. 29 (UPI) -- A pet wallaby that was missing for the last month in Savage, Minn., has been found dead in the Minneapolis suburb, its owner said.

Savage resident Denell Lund said her family's 3 1/2-year-old wallaby was found dead Wednesday, one day after the first sighting of the animal in 12 days, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Thursday.

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Lund said the wallaby, an animal similar to a kangaroo, escaped from its pen a month ago and has initially spotted numerous times by local residents.

On Tuesday, a girl saw the wallaby named Waldo and Lund was able to catch a glimpse of the animal before it fled the scene.

"He seemed to be moving slower and looked like he had lost weight since the last time I saw him," Lund told the Star Tribune.

Lund said a local veterinarian suspects Waldo likely died of liver failure as a result of jaundice.

"I feel horrible," she said. "We always knew that this was a possible outcome. It's like losing a family member. But we know we tried. At least we have closure."

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