Kangaroo Joey Crawling to Pouch Video


 

The young kangaroo, no larger than a jelly-bean (2 cm) emerges from the mother's birth canal. It is born blind, hairless, with stumpy forelimb and hardly any trace of its hind legs. Even though it is still so underdeveloped the young newborn has an excellent sense of direction, knowing which way is up and down, and also an acute sense of smell. Using its little forelimbs in a swimming motion, the young joey crawls laborious up its mother's fur to the pouch. This journey takes it about three minutes. The joey's journey is made entirely by itself. The mother does not assist it in any way. Once inside its mother's pouch the joey quickly attaches itself firmly to one of four nipples in the pouch. And stays there hidden away for about six and a half months.

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