Sunday, November 7, 2010

Kangaroo joey - it's a boy!

I was so excited to see joey number 7 hop out of the pouch for the first time.  (Well the first time I'd seen him out).  Yes it is a him.  Check out little tough boys "lipstick" wound out between his legs.  This often happens with little boy joeys, they get very excited to be hopping out for the first few times.


It all happens very quickly.  Merrilyn decides things are safe around her, she relaxes her pouch and the new joey tumbles out.  They are very Bambi like at this stage.  They struggle to their feet, swaying about on their long back legs, and then immediately try to get back into the pouch.


Mum keeps her pouch relaxed so he can't get back in for a few seconds and she takes this time to give him a clean.

And there is the proof he's a little boy.  This is Merrilyn's second male joey.  The first was her very first joey, Mickie.  Sadly Mickie died after being injured.  We think Merrilyn was being chased and she snagged herself on a branch and fell.  When she arrived here she was bleeding from a tear in the pouch and the joey's head was twisted around strangely.  He was probably trapped between her leg and a log when she fell.  He sustained spinal injuries and couldn't be saved.  People think these animals don't feel too much, but Merrilyn mourned the loss of her first joey quite clearly and so I am hoping this little boy makes it through.  It is a sad fact that 70% of kangaroo joeys don't make it to 12 months old, so fingers crossed.

After just a few seconds out, he's heading safely back into the pouch.  Merrilyn will let him out more often and for longer periods and he'll grow very quickly now.  One of the dangers at this age is eagles, so she'll be sure she is in the shelter of some trees.

Safe back in the pouch.

Thanks to those who've been letting me know you're receiving the new feed.  I'm still adding a link to the old "Scrubby Bush" to be sure.

14 comments:

  1. What a sweet, gorgeous little face and soul.
    Fingers crossed he makes old bones xxx

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  2. Ohhhh! That was the sweetest post ever!! Loved learning about the joey and how he grows. Love seeing him "come out". So amazing, it must be fun for you to watch! So SAD to read about his brother and what happened. That had to be an awful moment. GOOD LUCK JOEY on a long and happy llife!! Thanks, Cheryl, for a great post!!

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  3. Isn't he just too cute! I'm always amazed at the struggles wildlife has to endure to reach maturity, whether it's a bird or a kangaroo. Good luck to this little joey! Will you name him something other than joey number seven?

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  4. He is gorgeous isn't he! I have very special neighbours and am particularly great friends with the wife. When I told her he was a boy she immediately said "Alexander". I love her to bits, so Alexander it will be, despite my superstition about naming joeys. Welcome to the Scrubby Bush, Alexander.

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  5. He is the cutest thing! Welcome Alexander! How fun it must be to witness such wonders of nature and how sad to understand that only the strong will survive...good luck to this sweet family!

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  6. I'm so sad to hear about Merrilyn's first little one Mickie and hope that this new one will grow up safe and strong. Thank you so much for sharing the beauty of your surroundings and the journey of the wildlife (:

    Michele
    XOXO

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  7. He's so beautiful! And so is this story.

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  8. This is gorgeous. Not often we get to see a little joey like this.

    Congratulations on your NaNO progress. Have you registered on the NaNoWriMo blogline? Itis:

    http://stickynotestories.wordpress.com/2010/09/27/nanowrimo-blogchain/

    Also you migh like to join the Writers Platform Building Crusade. You can get the details from my site. It's a great way to get into a wider blogger community..:)

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  9. What a neat experience for you. He's a cute little joey.

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  10. Thanks for all the feedback on this post. You are right Yaya, survival of the fitest, plus survival of what we humans allow. As more bush is cleared, there will be less Alexanders. Sorry to make you sad Michele. I've cried buckets myself and hate it when one of them is lost. Every day here is a privilege.

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  11. So adorable. Thank you for such gorgeous pictures, and well done on your NaNo word count so far. I'm off to get my words written for today.

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  12. Hi Cheryl,
    Yep, your feed is working. I've changed your blog name in my blogroll and have been watching for a new entry. C'mon, don't be stingy!

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  13. Aww he's so cute ! I hope he grows up to be a big, healthy kangaroo :)

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