Microchips for wallaby babes

Two baby parma wallabies have been born at DZ and have received their microchips – just in time to mark National Microchipping Month!

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And keepers have discovered they’re a boy and a girl, naming them Drake and Tia after two small towns in New South Wales, Australia, where the species originates from and above is Tia, pictured with mum!

Section leader, Jay Haywood, said: “The siblings share the same dad, but were born to different mums.

“We believe them to be a few months old now, as they remain in the mum’s pouch for a while before emerging outside, which is when we first time we get to see them.”

Keepers had to catch them up to carry out a quick health check on the new arrivals.

Wrapping them tightly in a zoo jumper, which mimics the safety and snugness of a pouch, keepers inserted their microchip in the backs of their necks, which contains their unique identification code.

This code is then installed onto the web-based ZIMS (Zoological Information Management System) which is updated regularly with the animal’s health, care and wellbeing records.

NATIONAL MICROCHIPPING MONTH is an annual event every June, which aims to educate pet owners about the benefits of microchipping and the importance of keeping contact details up to date.