Debut for joey

This Bennetts wallaby joey is the first to be born on site for two years. 

dzg_wallaby_web   Assistant Curator, Richard Brown, said:?”We are really pleased with the youngster. Marsupial babies are helpless when born and continue to develop in the pouch for many months.   “A newborn wallaby is a tiny, barely formed creature, unable to see or hear. It hauls itself up its mother’s belly, hanging on by its front legs and makes its way into the pouch.   “Once inside, it attaches to one of mum’s four teats and remains there for seven months, venturing out occasionally as it gets bigger.”   After leaving the pouch the young wallaby may continue to suckle, even if another joey has been born.    DZG has four Bennett’s wallabies, including the new addition.   A Tasmanian subspecies of the red-necked wallaby of southern and eastern Australia, the colouring provides excellent camouflage in woodland undergrowth, and dense fur gives insulation necessary for survival in the cool Tasmanian climate.