Actor Russell Brand, a well-known animal lover and vegan, was reportedly devastated after his German Shepherd, Bear, mauled a wallaby to death near Brand’s $5 million home in Henley-on-Thames last week.

Bear caught the female while it had its baby in its pouch but Brand, 46, was fast on his feet and managed to save the joey, the Sun reported.

Locals in the town located west of London told the Sun that Russell was “devastated” over the tragic incident which is believed to have happened June 14.

“Absolutely no one is ­blaming Russell or his dog — it’s just a horrible accident,” one said. “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, they continued. “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 known for its population of wild wallabies which reportedly escaped from a private collection more than 20 years ago. The animals are native to Australia and New Guinea.

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