Animal keepers at Smithsonian’s National Zoo recently witnessed an adorable sight when a baby wallaby peeked out of its mom’s pouch for the first time.
The joey, which has been inside its mom’s pouch for weeks, decided to poke its head out on March 11. Keepers were expecting the joey to make an appearance for many weeks, because they noticed a lot of moving and kicking inside the mom’s pouch before the big day. This is the first joey for the mom, Victoria, and the dad, Sydney, and the zoo’s first baby Bennett’s wallaby since 1989, said a zoo press release.
The joey was born many months ago, and the zoo said it’s difficult to pinpoint the exact date. According to the zoo, wallaby pregnancies are typically 29 days in length. Wallaby pups are born blind and hairless, and they weigh less than an ounce. They climb into their mother’s pouch using their arms and they stay there for nursing. Joeys finish developing inside their mom’s pouch and spend time outside the cozy area by the time they’re nine-months-old.
The zoo says it’s possible that Victoria could be already expecting another pup: Wallabies can have up to three babies at a time, one in the uterus, one in the pouch, and one outside of the pouch. Following the surprise appearance, the keepers are monitoring the joey and mom to make sure they’re healthy. The joey is expected to start spending time outside the pouch in one to two months.
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