Wallaby sightings in Hawaii are incredibly rare. Here's why

HALAWA (HawaiiNewsNow) - There was an unusual sighting in Halawa on this Valentine's Day.

It's not everyday a wallaby is seen at the Halawa Correctional Facility.

The animal was seen Wednesday sitting on a concrete wall, just taking in its surroundings.

Wallabies are native to Australia, but have been been spotted in the islands.

In 2009, local wildlife experts estimated there was a population of about 40 wallabies on Oahu.

They were said to have formed colonies from Nuuanu to Halawa Valley, and even Kalihi Valley.

The mini marsupials are elusive and rare to spot in Hawaii. The last documented sighting was in the 90's.

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