Say Hello to New Baby Kangaroo at Zagreb ZOO!

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August 23, 2020 – The head of the third descendant of a Belgian-French pair of kangaroos peeked out of its mother’s pouch at the Zagreb Zoo!

As Več reports, four-year-old Skibo and his partner who is one year his junior at the Zoo have been in love since day one. Thanks to that, they had two sons and their latest joey whose gender is still unknown. Their eldest son is already one year and three months old, the middle son is eleven months old, and their youngest offspring about four months old.

“Every new baby makes us happy, but when a pair of animals in a zoo manages to raise several generations of babies, it is a great success for all who take care of them. Our swamp wallabies share their habitat with red-necked wallabies and emu and together with them the magnificent fauna of distant Australia. It is important for us that our visitors, after being delighted with them, feel the need to contribute to the preservation of all animal species with which we share the planet,” said Damir Skok, director of the Zoo.

Wetland wallabies who otherwise live in the wild inhabit forests, wetlands, and other areas of the east coast of Australia, rich in vegetation.

They love living in the shade of trees and shrubs on a substrate rich in young trees, grass, ferns, and other low-lying vegetation. There are about eighty types of plants on their menu – from leaves and seeds to mushrooms and algae. In zoos, original Australian food is successfully replaced by buds, grass, and vegetables. The marsh wallaby is about 70 centimeters tall and weighs between 15 and 20 kilograms. His fur is mostly dark brown, and many swamp wallabies have yellowish streaks on their cheeks.

This little kangaroo reaches sexual maturity between the ages of 15 and 18 months, and joeys are just one centimeter in size when they’re born. They enter their mother’s pouch, where they spend the next nine months. It is an interesting fact that marsh wallabies mate throughout the year and that in females, most often while one cub is developing in the pouch, a new fetus grows in the uterus.

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