I am only just getting around to sorting out the photographs I took on my trip back home to Australia over Christmas. One of the most exciting things we got to do was to visit a friend of my mum and dad, who fosters orphaned joeys (baby kangaroos) on her property.
I hadn’t realised, but kangaroos are actually extremely people-friendly. They are also very used to being close to their mother in the pouch. When we met Belinda she was carrying the youngest joey in a sling, and we all spent some time carrying him around and making a fuss over him. After quite a lot of cuddles Belinda put him down so that he could spend some time stretching his legs, but after less than five minutes he was trying to burrow back into the sling and reaching his arms up to her to be picked up. By contrast, wallabies are very timid and don’t like to make friends with humans in general.
As you can see the kangas have a wonderful set-up – lots of space to hop around, a bottle-feeding station, and a row of ‘hammocks’ for snuggling at night time.