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Rare tree kangaroo emerges from mum’s pouch for the first time

It’s a sight that conservationists have long been waiting for.

At the Healesville Sanctuary in Victoria, Australia, zookeepers captured the moment a rare baby tree-kangaroo emerged from its mum’s pouch for the first time.

The video below shows the joey – a member of the endangered Goodfellow’s tree-kangaroo – popping its tiny head out of the pouch. It then looks at its surroundings before smiling and going back inside (probably to take a nap).

The proud mum, Mani, and her breeding partner, Bagam, were successfully paired in 2016 as part of the sanctuary’s conservation efforts. The jelly bean-sized newborn then spent six months growing inside the pouch until the big moment.

According to the zookeepers, the yet-to-be named joey will start to venture in an out of the pouch more and more in the coming months.

The Goodfellow’s tree-kangaroo is a species native to Papua New Guinea. They are considered endangered, with about 2,000 individuals left in the wild.

The birth, the first ever of its kind at Healesville Sanctuary, is a welcome development for Zoos Victoria, who are working to save the tree kangaroo family from extinction.

Via Unilad

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