Back upright, baby Rocky comes over to see what the fuss is about.
Take a look at Tomasina's ears. Something most people don't realise is that their two ears work totally independently and can turn almost all the way around. You can see in this photo that the ear on the left is listening to something behind and the ear on the right is picking me up. Her eyes are getting sleepy, however this is the way she will take most of her rest.
As she drops off to sleep her nose reaches the ground.
This is a very rare photo. Merrilyn on the right and her youngest joey, Rocky, on the left, both fully flat out.
Merrilyn fast asleep on her arm. You can just see the pink tinge of her pouch opening. I spotted her head inside, cleaning, earlier, so I'm fairly sure that joey number seven is growing in there, though it will be some months before we see a head pop out. I wonder if it will be male or female? So far we've had one male andfive females, so you'd think we may have a male, though conditions have been pretty good and that favours more females being born. Kangaroos have an amazing reproductive system that even allows them to hold a fertilised joey embryo back if conditions are unfavourable so, with conditions good, nature may be creating more breeding females to ensure the species survival. Around here that's not so much down to natural conditions anymore. The survival of Merrilyn and the other wild roos around here very much depends on the humans who live around here and whether they are prepared to keep their scrubby bush.