A small town in Australia is being overrun by thousands of wild wallabies -- and local officials don't quite know what to do with all the fuzzy little critters. The animals descended on South Mission Beach in Queensland, a tropical area popular with tourists. The wallabies are cute, but they are causing some problems, local Councilor Alistair Pike told Antara News.
"Well, I think you would have to say that everybody that lives with them is affected by them.... The hygiene issue as well too, people are really worried about, particularly young kiddies walking in fresh wallaby excreta," he says. He added that the wallabies are tearing up residents' gardens and one even scratched an elderly woman who tried to shoo him away.
Officials haven't decided what to do with the animals yet, though the local council said that an organized cull was bottom on the list of preferred options.
"Some of the ideas that have been floated involve infrastructure such as fencing around peoples properties to protect their gardens and lawns," said local member of parliament, Andrew Cripps. He also suggested that local pest control contractors could "trap the animals and take them away," rather than killing the furry interlopers.