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Police launch hunt for missing girl, 15, who left home with her pet marsupial nearly three weeks ago and has not been seen since


Police have launched a hunt for a missing girl who left home with her pet marsupial nearly three weeks ago and has not been seen since.

Raya Dillon-Jackson was last seen in Croxton Kerrial, Leicestershire on Sunday, March 31 and she was reported missing the following day Leicestershire Police said.

The teenager, who is black and has long wavy hair and was wearing a white Nike t-shirt, black Nike sweatpants and false eyelashes was carrying her pet sugar glider, which is a small marsupial type animal.

The police are hunting for the missing 15-year-old but believe she may have left Leicestershire and travelled elsewhere in the UK.

Police say she has links to Birmingham and the Wanstead, Peckham, Brixton and Holborn areas of London

Raya Dillon-Jackson, 15, was last seen in Leicestershire on Sunday. She left home carrying a small sugar glider

Raya Dillon-Jackson, 15, was last seen in Leicestershire on Sunday. She left home carrying a small sugar glider

Sugar gliders are small marsupials from Australia and Tasmania and can be raised as pets in the UK

Sugar gliders are small marsupials from Australia and Tasmania and can be raised as pets in the UK

Anyone who has seen Raya, or knows of her whereabouts, is asked to call police on 101, quoting incident 219 of 1 April. 

Sugar gliders are small marsupials from Australia and Tasmania that look like flying squirrels but are more closely related to kangaroos.

They can be bought and raised as pets in the UK without a licence.

They have soft thick fur and a long tail and generally keep their young in a pouch.

Naturally sociable animals, in the wild they can live in packs of 20 to 40 gliders and can bond with owners very quickly.

The small marsupials are very intelligent and have opposable thumbs and fingers like humans, allowing them to grip things and climb easily.

They get their name from the specialised flap linking their front leg to their hind leg which gives them the ability to glide.

According to Pets4Homes, sugar gliders ‘should be housed in a mesh (make sure the gaps are no bigger than half an inch) cage that is no smaller than 24′ x 24′ and at least 36′ high. Gliders need plenty of space to jump and climb.’



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