Kan­ga­roo peek-a-boo

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE Wildlife Habi­tat has again been blessed by an ex­tremely rare sight - the tiny head of a Lumholtz tree kan­ga­roo joey peek­ing out from his mother’s pouch.

With the only cap­tive breed­ing colony of Lumholtz tree kan­ga­roos in Aus­tralia, this is the third time the vul­ner­a­ble species have been bred at the Wildlife Habi­tat, one of only two wildlife parks to house the mar­su­pial.

Af­ter five months of rapidly grow­ing in his mum’s pouch, the joey is fi­nally show­ing him­self to the world.

But it will still be at least an­other month be­fore he fully emerges un­der the watch­ful eye of his mother.

“The joey is a very healthy and bright young boy and grow­ing up fast,’’ Habi­tat wildlife man­ager Clare An­der­son said.

“He’s learn­ing about be­ing a tree kan­ga­roo from his mum and start­ing to suck on leaves.

“He should fully emerge from his mum’s pouch in around a month and when that hap­pens we will hold a nam­ing com­pe­ti­tion.”

The Lumholtz tree kan­ga­roo has been listed as near-threat­ened in Queens­land due to its re­stricted habi­tat and is found only in the wet trop­ics re­gion be­tween the Dain­tree River and Ing­ham.

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