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The missing wallaby was found hiding in the bushes near the zoo exhibition Lifestyle

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Beth Campbell – Associated Press

Honey Bunch, a wallaby who disappeared at the Memphis Zoo after a storm that passed through Tennessee this week, was found hiding – almost in plain sight.

“It was an area just behind the exhibit … that had been searched several times in the last 36 hours, but it was very well disguised and very well hidden under a bush,” said Jessica Folk, a spokeswoman for the zoo.

The curator accidentally saw some tracks Friday morning and followed them to Honey Bunch, Folk said.

“We suspect he was there the whole time,” she said.

The Honey Bunch was taken to a zoo hospital and was evaluated by a veterinarian who gave him a health report, Folk said.

On Wednesday night during storms the creek at the KangaZoo exhibition overflowed, and the exhibition was evacuated and the animals transported to the hospital. Honey Bunch and three other wallabies together will return to the show in a day or so, Folk said.

She said Honey Bunch is 21 months old and one of the biggest of the four.

Folk said no one knows how he managed to get out of the fence of the exhibit, but that zoo staff are studying it to prevent it more.

Memphis police assisted in the search for the missing animal, a smaller relative of the kangaroo.

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