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Look Who's Back: Missing North Salem Wallaby Spotted Again

Indy Photo Credit: Contributed

Indy, the North Salem wallaby whose disappearance three years ago has captured the imagination of the community since first being reported by Daily Voice, was possibly spotted on Saturday in Brewster.

"I think I just saw Indy near Star Ridge Manor near North Salem," Brewster resident Peter Lind tweeted. "It moved across Seven Oak Lane pretty quick, but I think it was Indy."

Lind said he saw Indy while he was driving and said what he saw was the size of a large brown dog but moved like a large rabbit.

Indy was reported missing his home on Titicus Road between the town garage and the town library in March 2014. Susan Bush and her husband Warren Saks, who own Indy, believe he ran out of their fenced yard after deer broke their fence and frightened him. Since he went missing, wallaby sightings have popped up all over the Hudson Valley.

Bush said she has put Indy's crate back outside with some water in case he comes by.

"Hopefully he's heading home," Bush said. "He's pretty elusive. He must stick to the woods. We still hope he'll come home."

Indy was last spotted in January in Yorktown when officials from the Department of Environmental Protection were inspecting Amawalk Dam with infrared lighting in the middle of the night. 

Bush said she often walks around the woods with Saks, hoping they spot Indy.  

Bush said Indy doesn't make noise, so if he was standing at the door, they would have no way of knowing it. Bush said they tried to donate Indy to a zoo but were rebuffed since the zoos already had wallabies and Indy is neutered.

"If we were to get him back, we would still try and place him in a setting where he could be free," Bush said last year. "We want him to be outside with other wallabies."

Indy had been a member of the family for five years after their son rescued him from someone in upstate New York who took Indy to schools and kept him in a playpen.

Saks said Indy likes to eat roses and loves the outdoors. He also feeds on wheat thins, Triscuits, rice cakes and sweet potatoes.

Anyone who has spotted Indy should call the family at 914-669-0006 or 646-628-6228

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