Rare Wallaby photo taken in Kalihi Valley

Fewer than 100 wallabies live in the valley

 UPDATED 11:22 AM HST Jun 13, 2013
HONOLULU -

Wallabies are very elusive animals, but a KITV viewer was able to snap a rare photo of a wallaby on Oahu.

The photo was taken in Kalihi Valley where, according to the state Forestry and Wildlife Division, fewer than 100 wallabies live.

The brush-tailed wallabies are native to Australia and are similar to kangaroos but much smaller.

Someone in the early 1900s brought a pair to Oahu and they escaped.

Since then, the marsupials have slowly reproduced in Kalihi Valley where biologists say they pose no threat to humans or other wildlife.

"They seem to be very rare, very elusive, hiding in the bushes most of the time because there's very few pictures and very seldom do we get reports of people seeing the wallabies," said wildlife biologist Jim Cogswell.

Cogswell says wallabies are not native to Hawaii and don't have an negative environmental impact, so the state does not consistently monitor the animals.

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