Our kangaroo mob just got a little bigger. A new joey was born late last year and began venturing out just in time for the 2015 zoo season.
Kangaroos are marsupials with an average gestation period of only 34 days. Babies are very small when born (about the size of a jelly bean) and still have a lot of developing to do before they can safely move about on their own. On their first day of life they crawl across their mother’s fur and into the pouch. This fragile moment is rarely observed and although the newest joey was born some time last year he hadn’t been observed outside of the pouch until recently.
Joeys often hop into their mothers’ pouches head-first, and may wait awhile before they somersault upright. Because of this, guests are likely to observe the baby’s feet sticking straight up out of the pouch!
Zoo guests can visit the kangaroo mob in the New Australian Adventure. Mom and joey are usually out on exhibit and zoo staff and volunteers are often available for question and answer sessions.
Zoo babies are sponsored by Lutheran Children’s Hospital.
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