If you head over to the Australian Adventure at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo this summer, you’ll find Lindy, Hazel, and Neville – three brand new kangaroo joeys! When these young ones were born between 10 and 14 months ago, they were just about the size of a jellybean. They crawled up inside mom’s pouch, latched onto a nipple, and grew in there for about 9 months. Once they reached the 9 month mark, they began exploring outside the pouch. After about a year, mom will kick them out. For a while, they’ll continue to stick their head in for milk, but otherwise, they’ll be eating grass and bushes like the rest of the mob, or group, of kangaroos.
When these marsupial babies are fully grown, they’ll be 5 to 7 feet tall and weigh up to 200 pounds! They’re herbivores (they eat grass) and they’re corpuscular – meaning dawn and dusk animals. So, they’re active at the twilight times of day.
These are not the first kangaroo joeys born at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. In fact, zoo staff stay they’ve had over 100 born here since the exhibit opened back in the late 1980s. Many of the kangaroos you’ll find at zoos across the U.S. were either born here or have a connection to one of the kangaroos you’ll find in Fort Wayne.
We’ve had the best success of any zoo in the country for kangaroos. Almost all the kangaroos were born here or are children of ones that were born here.
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