Remarkable video captures 'kangaroo' hopping down Cornwall road


A night worker captured footage of the remarkable moment he spotted a 'kangaroo' hopping down a road in Cornwall. The video taken by Kieran Adams, 26, shows the marsupial casually hopping along a small lane in front of the car he was travelling in.

Despite his understandable initial reaction, Kieran has since agreed that it is more likely the animal is, in fact, a wallaby which can be seen making its way across the road in the video footage you can watch at the top of this article. Kieran said he was making his way home at around 5:30am from an overnight shift working on the A30 dualling upgrade project when he spotted the surreal sight and decided to start filming it.

In the video taken in Polmassick, between Truro and St Austell, early yesterday morning (Tuesday, May 28), he can be heard saying: "Since when did we have kangaroos in Cornwall? What is it? I'm telling you that's a kangaroo."

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Kieran has since told CornwallLive he believes it was a wallaby but said he has never seen one before. He explained he followed it along the road for about 10 minutes before it went off into a bush.

"I was a bit shocked to see a wallaby in Cornwall, it was quite the site to see," he said. "My parents joked that I've been working nights for too long, so I must have been seeing things.

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A wallaby was spotted hopping along the road in Polmassick in St Ewe yesterday
A wallaby was spotted hopping along the road in Polmassick in St Ewe yesterday -Credit:Kieran Adams

"There aren't any zoos around that area so I wasn't sure where to report it but my mum said she would look into reporting it."

It wasn't the first time a wallaby has been seen roaming the streets in Cornwall. In 2020, 22-year-old Jack Carthey captured footage of one hopping along Station Road in St Blazey, near St Austell.

Driving home from their shift at McDonalds, Jack and his girlfriend Megan Thomas, 19, said they first thought it was a dog standing on its hind legs. “I think if we didn’t have the video nobody would have believed us. I mean even showing people the video they still don’t quite believe it,” he said.

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National Geographic states that wallabies are members of the kangaroo clan. They are found primarily in Australia and on nearby islands.

There are many wallaby species, grouped roughly by habitat: shrub wallabies, brush wallabies, and rock wallabies. Hare wallabies are named for their size and their hare-like behaviour.