Bernabei said. Copyright © 2021 WLS-TV. ( AP ) ( AP ) Fearing that the marsupial might get hit by a vehicle, Peru Police Chief Doug Bernabei shut down nearby roads. The city workers turned Wally over to police who rushed him to Bridgeview Veterinary Clinic in Peru. A wallaroo that escaped from its owner gave a small Illinois town and its police department something to cheer about Tuesday. "Today was one of the better days of 2020!" With only seconds to spare the rescue was made," Peru Police Chief Doug Bernabei said. Wally the wallaroo doing well after La Salle County chase, Illinois River rescue ABC7 Chicago| 12-04 PERU, Ill. (WLS) -- Wally the Wallaroo is making a quick recovery; nearly as quick as his escape Wednesday in Peru, Ill. Wally's owner posted on Facebook that Wally is taking it easy at home tonight, and was not injured during his escapade. Peru Police officers and other volunteers help corner Wally the Wallaroo on the train tracks behind Maze Lumber, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, in Peru, Ill. Wally escaped from his owner Nathan Drewel in Peru shortly after 1 p.m. on Wednesday. "I'm so grateful for Peru law enforcement who aided in his rescue," the owner told WAND. Wally, the male Wallaroo who was tracked throughout Peru, resembles a Kangaroo. Not as a pet in the Illinois Valley of LaSalle County. A press release from … Officials said Wally was pulled from the cold and turbulent Illinois River by a passing fishing boat crew and brought to shore where city employees took custody of him. Don't fret; Wally the Wallaroo is doing well the day after his daring escape and river rescue in Peru, Ill. Latest Stories. "The two fisherman that were able to save him from the river ... and finally a big thank you to Bridgeview Veterinary Hospital! PERU – The saga of Wally the Wallaroo ended happily Wednesday. Wally the Wallaroo runs past a Peru Police Truck on Third and Schuyler Streets on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, in Peru, Ill. Wally escaped from his owner Nathan Drewel in Peru shortly after 1 … Fr. Pfleger investigated for decades-old abuse allegation, steps away from ministry, Warnock defeats Loeffler, becomes Georgia's 1st Black senator, Macy's closing Water Tower location on Mag Mile, Kenosha protests peaceful after no charges announces in Blake shooting, South Chicago fire leaves 1 hurt, 7 displaced: CPD, Chicago woman says she received $76 stimulus check, not $600 as expected, Jan. 6 explained: How Congress will count Electoral College votes today, Mega Millions jackpot grows, $410M Powerball drawing tonight, Amazon's at-home COVID test now available online, Dr. Dre recovering in hospital from brain aneurysm, Congress set to confirm Biden's electoral win over Trump, RELATED: Wallaroo on the loose in Peru, Illinois leads police on wild chase. Dec. 9, 2020. Wally the wallaroo runs past a police truck in Peru, Illinois. ( AP ) Fearing that the marsupial might get hit by a vehicle, Peru Police Chief Doug Bernabei shut down nearby roads. Wally the Wallaroo doing well after river rescue December 3, 2020 Don't fret; Wally the Wallaroo is doing well the day after his daring escape and river rescue in … Police said the wallaroo is a male named Wally. Prosecutors cite covid-19 in request for three-month delay in George Floyd trial. The wallaroo was later released back into Drewel's custody. Wally the wallaroo is safe at home after taking a tour of Peru Wednesday afternoon. But things almost ended in a tragic, 2020 way for the marsupial that bounded through the business district of Peru after it escaped from its owner. PERU, Ill. (WLS) -- Wally the Wallaroo is making a quick recovery; nearly as quick as his escape Wednesday in Peru, Ill. Wally the male Wallaroo, which is between the the size of a kangaroo and a wallaby, was loose in Peru starting at around 1:15 p.m., police said. Wally the wallaroo doing well after La Salle County chase, Illinois River rescue ABC7 Chicago | 29d PERU, Ill. (WLS) -- Wally the Wallaroo is making a quick recovery; nearly as quick as his escape Wednesday in Peru, Ill. Wally's owner posted on Facebook that Wally is taking it easy at home tonight, and was not injured during his escapade. Peru Police officers and other volunteers help corner Wally the Wallaroo on the train tracks behind Maze Lumber, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, in Peru, Ill. Wally … Wally the wallaroo escaped from his owner Nathan Drewel in Peru shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday. Wally eventually made his … Wally the Wallaroo is "making a speedy recovery" after the kangaroo-like animal led police and residents of an Illinois town on a two-hour chase before a dramatic rescue in the Illinois River. Up Next Close. 2 of 5 Wally the Wallaroo runs past a Peru Police Truck on Third and Schuyler Streets on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, in Peru, Ill. Wally escaped from his owner Nathan Drewel in Peru … Wally the wallaroo is safe at home after taking a tour of Peru Wednesday afternoon. Native to Australia, Wallaroos are larger than wallabies and smaller than kangaroos. The black marsupial kept Peru police and good Samaritans jumping when he got loose and bounced along the business district on Fourth Street, along Route 251, and the riverfront. All Rights Reserved. The Independent. Peru Police officers and other volunteers help corner Wally the Wallaroo on the train tracks behind Maze Lumber, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, in Peru, Ill. Wally escaped from his owner Nathan Drewel in Peru shortly after 1 p.m. on Wednesday. Wally the Wallaroo is "making a speedy recovery" after the kangaroo-like animal led police and residents of an Illinois town on a two-hour chase before a dramatic rescue in the Illinois River. Wally the Wallaroo runs past a Peru Police Truck. A wallaroo was caught on camera leading police on a wild chase through LaSalle County Wednesday. Wally ended up in the Illinois River. "Without warning Wally jumped into the river and attempted to swim across from the north shore to the south shore," police said. In the 24 hours since his chase through the streets of Peru, Wally the Wallaroo has become a social media phenomenon and has been highlighted on countless media outlets throughout the country. Photo: NewsTribune via AP “I had to hold back the … The wallaroo — an Australian animal that is larger than a wallaby but smaller than a kangaroo — named Wally got away from his owner in LaSalle County. Friday, December 4, 2020 PERU, Ill. (WLS) -- Wally the Wallaroo is making a quick recovery; nearly as quick as his escape Wednesday in Peru, Ill. Wally's owner posted on Facebook that Wally … Caption. According to officials, police officers, firefighters, local residents and city employees tracked the animal through the Route 6 business district and along Illinois Route 251, then to the "river bottoms.". It means the world. Neighbors documented what they saw through photos and videos as Wally … A video was posted to Facebook at around 1:30 p.m. showing Wally jumping through a resident's yard. Tracking Wally the wallaroo’s trip around Peru Peru PD and Public Works radio communications provide route. Wally the Wallaroo doing well after river rescue. Police added that Wally is lawfully owned and possessed by a state permit. By Jayce Eustice. Wally the wallaroo escaped from his owner Nathan Drewel in Peru shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday. A video on Facebook posted at around 2 p.m. shows Wally running throughout neighborhoods in the city. Wallaroos are an intermediate in size between kangaroos and wallabies. Peru police officers and volunteers help corner Wally the Wallaroo on Wednesday on the train tracks behind Maze Lumber in Peru. Wally escaped from his owner, Nathan Drewel, shortly after 1 … Peru Police officers and other volunteers help corner Wally the Wallaroo on the train tracks behind Maze Lumber, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, in Peru, Ill. Wally escaped from his owner Nathan Drewel in Peru shortly after 1 p.m. on Wednesday. Ad. According to a Facebook post, Wally ended up in the care of Bridgeview Veterinary Hospital. Scott Anderson - sanderson@shawmedia.com. He was rescued … I truly am thankful for each and every person who took part in bringing him home safely. “It would be very difficult to explain how this crazy adventure affected so many people and how all of the police, fire, city employees and so many citizens were cheering for a rescue before it was too late. Wally the Wallaroo runs past a Peru Police Truck. December 3, 2020, 8:51 PM. Wally the Wallaroo is "making a speedy recovery" after the kangaroo-like animal led police and residents of an Illinois town on a two-hour chase before a dramatic rescue in the Illinois River. Wally the Wallaroo is examined by a vet at Bridgeview Animal Hospital in Peru, Illinois, on November 2. The animal's owner reportedly thanked all those who helped rescue Wally. The black marsupial kept Peru police and good Samaritans jumping when he got loose and bounced along the business district on Fourth Street, along Route 251, and the riverfront. Peru Police officers and other volunteers help corner Wally the Wallaroo on the train tracks behind Maze Lumber, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, in Peru, Ill. Wally escaped from his owner Nathan Drewel in Peru shortly after 1 p.m. on Wednesday. The animal's owner told NBC affiliate WAND that Wally is at home and doing well after the wild affair. Wally jumped into the Illinois River and was rescued by a random fishing boat who scooped him up in a fishing net and was transported to Bridgeview … First responders in Illinois hopped into action to corral a wayward wallaroo that led them on a two-hour chase that ended in the Illinois River. All rights reserved. Police said officers caught a kangaroo-like animal in Peru, Illinois Wednesday. Wally ended up in the Illinois River. Peru police officers and volunteers help corner Wally the Wallaroo on Wednesday on the train tracks behind Maze Lumber in Peru. He was rescued by … PERU, Ill. 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