Well, I’ll be! A wallaby

Wallabies at Peter Boddy's Farm in Todmorden.
Wallabies at Peter Boddy's Farm in Todmorden.

NO, you aren’t seeing things. These really are wallabies, living right here in Calderdale.

The cute creatures, usually found Down Under, are being bred by Peter Boddy, right, at his farm in Todmorden.

Wallabies at Peter Boddy's Farm in Todmorden.

Wallabies at Peter Boddy's Farm in Todmorden.

And it is not just wallabies. He also has muntjac deer, ostriches and northern elk and, in the past, has reared buffalo, bison, meerkats and giant rabbits half the size of sheep.

“The only things I haven’t had yet are a rhino and an elephant,” said Mr Boddy. “At the moment I have six wallabies, 10 ostriches, 19 elk and two muntjac deer.

“The weather doesn’t bother them at all,” he said. “They have shelter and they’re not bothered by it.”

Mr Boddy started his mini-zoo through his work running Live Animal Capture, which humanely sedates animals that may pose a threat to themselves, to humans or the environment.

He has been involved in capturing deer and other wildlife for over 20 years, working with zoos, vets and farmers.

His land is not officially open to the public but often people driving past will stop when they see the unusual collection.

One keen snapper has been awarded several photographic prizes for his pictures of the creatures.

“A lot of people like to bring their children,” he said.