An Australian wallaby made a great escape from the Tautphaus Park Zoo by hopping its way out the day before the annual grand opening.

The wallaby, a small marsupial similar to a kangaroo, was captured Friday by employees within 20 minutes, zoo director Bill Gersonde said."Obviously, there was no threat to any human beings or anyone else," he said. "They're such good jumpers. We take every precaution to make sure animals don't get out, but they sometimes do."

The wallaby jumped over an enclosure fence at the zoo's "Land Down Under" exhibit and was spotted by employees at 8 a.m.

It was the second wallaby escape in seven years, Gersonde said.