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…


Photo credit: screen shot of YouTube video

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Jacqueline Baruch

Animals are amazing. This is very cute.

Giana Peranio-paz

So cute to watch!

Kamryn M.
Kay M.3 years ago

awe :)

susan thornton
susan thornton3 years ago

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

heatherjoy klein
Heatherjoy klein3 years ago

I think the kangaroo might be my new favorite animal.

Craig Gosling
Craig Gosling3 years ago

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.

Shawn A.
Shawn A.3 years ago

Thanks for sharing this awesome video!

Andrea A.
Andrea A.3 years ago


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Krasimira B.4 years ago


Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener4 years ago

Living in Oz it isn't so rare.