RUSSELL Brand was said to be devastated after his dog mauled a wallaby to death in posh Henley-on-Thames.
The comic and actor’s German Shepherd called Bear caught the female while it had its baby in its pouch.
But quick-thinking Russell, 46, sprang into action and managed to save the joey.
The Sun understands the tragic accident happened on Monday.
Russell has a £4.1million cottage in the south Oxfordshire town.
Locals in the area have been talking about the tragedy and it is understood that animal-loving vegan Russell was horrified by what happened.
One said: “Absolutely no one is blaming Russell or his dog — it’s just a horrible accident.
“In fact Russell was the hero because he managed to save the little joey.
“It could have been far worse if he hadn’t stepped in so quickly.
“He is a very caring man with animals — he has plenty of pets and they’re all his babies.
“I understand he’s devastated over what happened. It’s really sad.”
The town is well known for its population of wild wallabies. They are believed to have escaped from a private collection more than 20 years ago.
Essex-born Russell has not eaten meat since he was 14 and has previously compared animal cruelty to slavery.
The married dad of two regularly posts videos and pictures of his beloved Bear on Instagram, along with his cats.
The funnyman has previously described Bear as a “tornado of fur”.
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Last month he shared a video of his cats stopping a sweet-natured Bear from eating his food — with one of them pulling his tail.
The dog turns round and looks at it before Russell says soppily: “You all right, Bear? They bullying you?”
Russell’s agent had not responded to a request for comment last night.