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Baby Kangaroo and Wombat Share Pouch

Baby Kangaroo and Wombat Share Pouch

Both orphaned at too young an age to survive on their own, Anzac the baby kangaroo and Peggy the wombat are best buds!† They are so close; the marsupials both share the same pouch!

Anzac and Peggy are being cared for at Wild About Wildlife Kilmore Rescue Centre in Victoria, Australia. Anzac was found at about 5 months of age and brought to the Wild About Wildlife Center.† Depending on the breed, kangaroos normally stay in their motherís pouch for 9 months before first leaving it.† They continue to enter and exit her pouch for another 9 months before being completely weaned.

Wombats, on the other hand, leave their motherís pouch after about 5-7 months, are weaned at 15 months and mature at 18 months.† Peggy was estimated to be 4 -5 months old when she arrived at the Center.† Wombats are burrowers and their pouch is open on the back to prevent dirt from entering a pouch with babies.† A kangaroo’s pouch is located in front.

Both wombats and kangaroos are herbivores, but wombats have an extremely slow metabolism.† It takes 8Ė14 days for digestion of a meal to be complete.

Lisa Milligan from the center said the unlikely duo is probably comforted by each otherís movement and heartbeat.† Because kangaroos and wombats grow to very different adult sizes, the center is looking for a wombat for Peggy for her to bond with before Anzac reaches maturity.

“There are lots of baby animals about at the moment, and they are orphaned for a range of reasons,Ē Milligan said.† She describes the difference in their personalities.† Anzac is quite social and Peggy is considered boisterous and cheeky.

Look at some beautiful photos of the pair.† Itís pretty amazing, isnít it?† Why canít we humans learn from the example of animals who seem to have no trouble getting along with species different from themselves?† For a treat, watch this very sweet video of inter-species friendships by Evolve! Campaigns. It will put a smile on your face.

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Photo of Anzac and Peggy from Wild About Wildlife Facebook page

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3:06PM PST on Jan 7, 2013

Thank you Megan, for Sharing this!

4:01PM PDT on Sep 29, 2012

Very cute...

11:18PM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

Comes a time when "Cute" and "Adorable" just fall miserably short.

2:26PM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

Very cute!
Thanks for the beautiful photos!

8:02AM PDT on Aug 31, 2012

amazing! why cant humans be more like that?

4:31AM PDT on Aug 31, 2012

Oh they are soooo cute - so wonderful how they love each other!!!!

3:32AM PDT on Aug 11, 2012

Isnt it amazing how different animals act towards one another, we could learn a big lesson here for sure!

11:31AM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

I would hate to get a back rub from the wombat.....

Did you see those nails? OUCH!

5:39PM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

What an adorable article and video! I so enjoyed both. But what fool created that poll? I refuse to participate in it. All God's creations are cute. Some have more inner beauty and some more outer but all cute just the same.

9:25AM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

They are both cute as can be, and together the cute factor soars. Love the video too. Thanks for posting.

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