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Rare Glimpse of Kangaroo Joey Leaving the Pouch (VIDEO)

Rare Glimpse of Kangaroo Joey Leaving the Pouch (VIDEO)

Here is a sweet video of a baby kangaroo (joey) leaving her mother’s pouch at the Detroit Zoo. Kangaroos are marsupial mammals with a different type of gestation.

Birth occurs about 30 days after conception when the neonate — hairless, two centimeters in length and weighing less than one gram — crawls on the mother’s abdomen and enters her pouch.  Here the joey attaches to one of four teats in mom’s pouch and grows for about 190 days. After that, the joey will start to poke his/her head out of the pouch, continuing to do so for a few weeks before finally climbing outside for a look at the world.

This video shows the female joey returning to her mother’s pouch within seconds.  There is nothing like a mother’s love and understanding…

 

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Photo credit: screen shot of YouTube video

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7:55AM PDT on Aug 6, 2012

Animals are amazing. This is very cute.

10:42PM PDT on Aug 5, 2012

So cute to watch!

3:54PM PDT on Aug 5, 2012

awe :)

11:37AM PDT on Aug 5, 2012

That was so cute to watch especially when the joey couldn't get back in quick enough, bless

9:36AM PST on Jan 26, 2012

I think the kangaroo might be my new favorite animal.

5:12AM PST on Jan 26, 2012

As a zoo keeper at the Bronx Zoo in my youth, I had the rare opportunity of trying to save a newborn joey that had missed his mom's pouch opening and had been knocked to the cage floor. I rescued it and called the zoo vet. We entered the cage, held the doe down, found the sphincter opening to the pouch, and placed the joey next to the functional nipple. Then, we hoped for the best. A month later there was no sign of pregnancy so we obviously failed in our attempt to save the baby which looked like a pink, squirming little newborn mouse. We tried but failed. Ask any zoo keeper about unusual stories. I have many more.

4:21AM PST on Jan 26, 2012

Thanks for sharing this awesome video!

12:53PM PST on Jan 25, 2012

Thanks.

8:33AM PDT on Jul 10, 2011

Awesome!

7:04PM PDT on Jun 27, 2011

Living in Oz it isn't so rare.

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