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…
Photo credit: screen shot of YouTube video