Tiny joey takes a peek

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

THE Perth Zoo has a new at­trac­tion that is both very small and adorable.

Haroli, the Good­fel­low’s tree kan­ga­roo, has just started to emerge from his mother Doba’s pouch af­ter he was born the size of a jelly­bean in July 2016.

His birth fol­lows the ar­rival of Mian, Haroli’s half-brother, whose ar­rival last year made him the first tree kan­ga­roo joey born at the zoo in 36 years.

Perth Zoo keeper Kerry Pick­les said Haroli weighed about 500g and had only just started to poke his head out more fre­quently.

“We are ex­pect­ing him to come out his mother’s pouch in the next weeks,” she said. Haroli eats while in his mother Doba’s pouch.

“He’s cer­tainly hav­ing a good time at the mo­ment and he’s start­ing to be­come in­quis­i­tive and braver.

“He’s eat­ing leaves just like in the wild but he’ll also get fruit and veg­eta­bles each day.”

Ms Pick­les said the tree kan­ga­roo names at the zoo were based on prov­inces and tribes in their na­tive Pa­pua New Guinea.

“Haroli is a tribe in his nat­u­ral home,” she said.

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