|Joey head and legs hanging out of the pouch.|
|This male was huge. Had he stood, he'd have been as tall as Tom. His musculature was impressive.|
|This made us laugh...only the joey's legs were sticking out of the pouch.|
|Mom and joey enjoying the sunny day anticipating treats from visitors.|
|This mom didn't hesitate to put her joey in a downward position for a handout.|
"Unlike the young of most other mammals, baby kangaroos are highly underdeveloped and embryo-like at birth. After a gestation of up to 34 days, the jellybean-sized youngster makes the journey from birth canal to pouch by clambering up through its mother’s fur. Once safely in the pouch, the joey suckles solidly for just over two months.
At around six months, once the youngster is sufficiently well developed, it will leave the pouch for short periods, returning when it needs to feed. Red kangaroos leave the pouch for good at around eight months and continue to suckle for another three to four months; grey kangaroos leave at about 11 months, continuing to suckle until they are as old as 18 months.
Interestingly, female kangaroos are able to suckle two youngsters simultaneously – one in the pouch and one outside, offering two different types of milk, as well as having an egg ready for implantation."
|We made a lot of noise in an attempt to get this wombat to look up for a photo. It was chow time. Note how he's more interested in eating the starchy pellets instead of the slice of pumpkin and the apple, somewhat like humans.|
|Finally, he picked up his head for a side view, immediately returning to his food.|
|Too big for the pouch but still nursing. As stated above in quotes, joeys can nurse up to 18 months after leaving the pouch.|
|This young kangaroo was relaxed, hoping for a handout.|
|The kangaroos have a huge natural habitat in Wild's Wildlife Park which is obviously conducive to procreating successfully in captivity. These two moms both have joeys in their pouches.|
|This joey looked somewhat large to still live in her mom's pouch.|
Photo from one year ago today, January 7, 2016:
|Tom, for the first time ever, ordered a Caramel Macchiato on the Celebrity Solstice one year ago today. It became his "go to" coffee drink at the Café el Bacio where each morning we prepared the post. For more details, please click here.|