|Tyson the wallaby went missing July 2 during a barbecue. His owner has been scouring the Onoway, Alberta area as she tries to find him. (Supplied Photo)
EDMONTON — Edmonton's resident "marsupial on the loose" may still be at large just west of this city.
Leslie and Doyle Moncrieff spotted Tyson, a 30-inch wallaby, in Parkland County last week.
"I'm so happy he's been spotted," said Stacie Barr, Tyson's owner.
"I've got $1,000 reward for anybody that finds him."
Tyson got on the loose one year ago when he ran away from his owner at a company barbecue.
"A dog had attacked him and when that happened his leash broke, then he just ran away and never came back," Barr said.
"It was devastating. It was like losing a child."
Since that day, Tyson has become a spectre in the Alberta country side. With multiple sightings since his escape, the most recent coming in March, Barr has held out hope that the marsupial has not only survived the cold Alberta winter, but has thrived in the province.
"Different people would see him through the winter in piles of hay and wood piles, he'd try and stay in places that were warm," Barr said.
"They do adapt to our climate, he eats grass and hay. He's a grazer, same as a deer."
Barr urges people not to try and catch Tyson if he is spotted, but to call the sighting in.
"He will stay in the same area until something scares him away," Barr said.