Bouncing babe is a girl

A young Bennetts wallaby has been named Adelaide after keepers discovered the bouncing babe is a girl.

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The joey was first caught on camera by keepers back in June, while she was still in her mother’s pouch, but the youngster is now out and about and spending time exploring the Wallaby Walkthrough.

Ungulates Team Leader, Jay Haywood, said: “We’ve had to wait quite a few months to see her as joeys don’t leave their mother’s pouch until they are around seven months old.

 “When we saw she was fully out we caught her and checked her sex and microchipped her in the scruff of her neck.

“We were delighted to have another girl and the name Adelaide seemed very appropriate for the Australian species.”

The microchip, which is similar to the one’s used in domestic pets, will enable keepers to identify her when she’s older and keep track of any health issues.

A newborn wallaby is unable to see or hear and is barely formed. Once it is born the mother licks a line up her belly to her pouch, upon which the baby hauls itself. Once inside the pouch it latches on to a teat and continues developing for seven months.