The owner of a wallaby has been question by Irish police after it is alleged that a Kangaroo like creature was filled with drink at a disco in the Clarion Hotel in Dublin this past weekend and died.
It is believed that two wallabies - Skippy and Sydney- was allowed roam free among 150 people at a late night birthday disco at the hotel.
The deejay even played the theme tune to the Australian television show "Skippy the Bush Kangaroo"
Officers launched the investigation after a witness from the party complained and others saw an uploaded internet video of the wallabies.
The wallaby were apparently part of the Australian Super Circus Sydney that was performing in Dublin, only minutes away from the hotel.
However, the owner of the circus, Alexander Scholl, told police that it was neither of his wallabies that was used in the incident.
"They think it was one of my wallabies but it definitely was not.
"I would never lend them out to a nightclub with all the noisy music," said Scholl.
He denies that any of his animals died.
"Someone told them (animal rights activists) the wallaby was dead. I said if it is dead then it is not one of my wallabies. I showed them Skippy and Sydney."
Scholl said he holds the keys for the trailer in which Skippy and Sydney are kept at night.
"I put them in the box, me myself, so no one else has touched them," he said.
A police source said "There is no evidence at this stage of a body, or evidence to suggest it is dead."
There is plenty of video footage of what looks like a wallaby being lifted in the air by party revelers.
Hotel manager Garret Marrinan said a duty manager became suspicious when he noticed a commotion around the dance floor around 11pm on Saturday.
"By the time he got down through the crowd, the animal and the box were gone," he said.
"We had no idea where it came in or how it got out of the hotel. The whole thing was all a bit upsetting to be honest with you."
The Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) said it had received five complaints including one person who claimed to be at the party.
"At some point during the party, what we believe to be a wallaby was brought on to the dance floor," said Orla Aungier, DSPCA's operations manager.
"We have also been told that after the party, the animal had died. That is only alleged, but the most important thing for us is to find out where the animal is and if it is okay."
Police have said claims that the animal had been given alcohol to drink has not been proven.
"After the CCTV footage, no one knows what happened, good, bad or indifferent," said the police source.
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