Bronx Zoo's new kangaroo baby makes his debut in adorable video!
New York, New York - On April 29, Bronx Zoo officials announced a Matschie’s tree kangaroo baby had been born at the Zoo for the first time since 2008. Now, he's already poking his head out of his mother's pooch, making his public debut!
The little joey – the term for a kangaroo baby – dared to shows himself for the first time on Monday and luckily, cameras were there to capture the moment.
Even if you can't get to the Bronx Zoo to see the cute critter, you can watch him take in the world for the first time in this clip.
According to a Bronx Zoo press release, the baby was just about the size of your thumbnail at birth. He's going to hang out and grow in mom's pouch for the next seven months.
"At this stage of development, the joey will spend a lot of time in his mom’s pouch with just its head sticking out. As it matures it will begin to explore its environment and start spending short periods of time outside the pouch," said Jim Breheny, WCS Executive Vice President and Bronx Zoo Director.
He also noted that the birth is an exciting one because it will give people the chance to see "one of nature’s most intriguing evolutionary adaptations": a rare animal steadily developing in the pouch while peeking out to see the big wide world.
The newest kangaroo at the zoo can be seen in the JungleWorld exhibit, but visiting times will vary "until the joey matures and adapts to its surroundings."
Cover photo: screenshot/ twitter Bronx Zoo