WATCH: Amazing footage of kangaroo born in Rocky today

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At 3.41pm today, Rockhampton Zoo keeper Kristen captured the rare moments after Tilly the grey kangaroo gave birth to a bean-sized joey.

Weighing in at about 2 grams, the tiny tacker climbs up its mother using its small front legs.

"This is a rarely observed event, as the baby crawls up into the pouch," the Rockhampton Zoo posted to Facebook.

"It will be several months before we see this joey again, as it develops inside Tilly's pouch."

The joey will live in its mother's pouch for about eight months, before it is ready to hop into the world and stand on its own.

Kangaroo facts:

  • Kangaroos, as with other marsupials, do not have long gestation times. They give birth very early and the young animal climbs from the mother's birth canal to the teat inside the pouch.
  • A female kangaroo can have three babies at the same time: an older joey living outside the pouch but still drinking milk, a young one in the pouch attached to a teat, and an embryo awaiting birth.
  • Joeys like to play fight to develop social skills.
  • When frightened, joeys sometimes dive into their mothers' pouches head first.
  • Joeys pee and poop in their mum's pouch. The mum then cleans it out with her paws and mouth.


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