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Brevard Zoo welcome a new Joey to the Kangaroo Mob!

Brevard Zone have shared exciting news from their Kangaroo Walkabout, Lilly the red kangaroo has a joey in her pouch


Brevard Zoo welcome a new Joey to the Kangaroo Mob!

Hoppy news from Brevard Zoo as they have announced that Lilly the red kangaroo has a

joey in her pouch!


The Melbourne zoo say that the joey is about 5 months old now and, and she's started to peek her head out of mom Lilly's pouch, with Lilly taking care of her joey by grooming it and keeping her pouch clean.


Brevard Zoo welcome a new Joey to the Kangaroo Mob!

The zoo explained that Kangaroo pregnancy and early roo-hood is pretty unique! Kangaroos are pregnant for about a month before a 1-inch-long underdeveloped joey is born. At this stage, they have the necessary forearms to crawl from their mother’s cloaca into the pouch, but their back legs are very underdeveloped. Once in the pouch, the joey latches to their mother’s nipple and continues growing and developing.


Kangaroo babies hit many major developmental milestones while in the pouch! Lilly’s joey’s eyes are still closed, and she (yes, she – keepers have seen a pouch on the baby!) is just starting to grow fur!


Joeys typically start leaving the pouch at about 7-9 months old. Lilly’s baby isn’t hopping out of her pouch quite yet, but you might see the pouch move! She’s getting large enough that the pouch visibly bulges and sags.



Brevard Zoo welcome a new Joey to the Kangaroo Mob!

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