Thursday, October 24, 2013

Highgate hopalong

The most famous posthumous resident of London's Highgate Cemetery East is Karl Marx. The most famous living resident is an Australian wallaby, spotted last Sunday hopping between the ivy-strewn graves (VIDEO HERE). Consulting zoologist Maurice Melzak tentatively identifies the creature as a Bennett’s wallaby, a species known to live in small wild colonies across the U.K. It has joined many non-native insects, arachnids, and animals – including grey squirrels, ring-necked parakeets, and muntjak deer – in the cemetery. The staff is unsure how the animal breached the gates, but are glad that if he stays inside he will not be in traffic. They do, however, have one concern. Volunteer coordinator Melanie Wynyard says of the marsupial, “It’s going to totally upstage the tours of course. No one is going to listen to what we are saying!

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