Duo from Down Under are wowing the crowds in Sheffield

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TWO new arrivals have hopped home to the Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre in North Anston - male and female Parma Wallabies native to the east coast of Australia.

Named Kylie and Jason after the Aussie duo who started their careers on Neighbours, the nine-month-old wallabies are almost fully grown. And, although similar in appearance to kangaroos, they are much smaller at about one tenth of the size.

Parma Wallabies are threatened in the wild and were thought to be extinct until 1965, when a small population was found.

As marsupials they carry their young in pouches until they are developed enough to leave. Their habitat is generally forest, with trips out at night to feed on grasses.

Zoo curator Andrew Reeve, said: “The wallabies have proved very popular already with visitors, who enjoy watching them relaxing, sunbathing, or performing the two-footed hop these animals are famous for!”

The Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre is open daily and located five minutes from junction 31 of the M1. Visit www.butterflyhouse.co.uk