Monday, July 21, 2008

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary - The Free Kangaroos

A kangaroo, also a marsupial like koala, is from the family of Macropodidae (Macropods, meaning 'large foot'). Like all marsupials, the baby of kangaroo is born at a very early stage of development after a gestation period of 31 to 36 days which only the forelimbs are developed to allow it to climb to its mother's pouch and attach to a teat. In comparison, a human embryo at a similar stage of development would be only seven weeks old. When the joey is born, it is the size of a lima bean. The joey will usually stay in the pouch for about nine months before being confident enough to leave the pouch for small periods of time. It is usually fed by its mother until reaching 18 months old.

Lazy Kangaroo

Lazy Kangaroo...


Sad Kangaroo

Mummy Kangaroo and baby in the pouch

Mummy kangaroo with baby kangaroo, joey in its pouch.

Kangaroo taking a break

Mummy kangaroo is tired, oh baby man you are heavy.

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