Remember this little guy? (Part 4 - Buster Arrives)
Well he blossomed into a great teenager!
His fluffy look is because he came from higher altitudes so had a thicker winter fur.
His personality was as soft and cuddly as he looked. A very gentle boy.
You'll also recall his broken foot. (Part 10 - what else can go wrong?)
As you might remember it didn't set well and so it never sat as it should and a callous formed, but it never slowed him down. The callous shows as a round circle towards the bottom of the thick part of his foot.
You can also see the strong fore paw. The nails are blunt but can do a great deal of damage. Which is one of the reasons a male kangaroo must be released and de-humanised as soon as possible. Buster liked to come up and gently place his forepaws on your shoulders and that was fine if you stood completely still, but if you moved away quickly you'd be left with welts. We knew, that once he was fully weaned, Buster needed to go completely wild as quickly as possible. He still had five months to go to come completely off his bottles and by then he'd be even bigger.
Buster adored his pouch and he was going to be able to keep it a little longer than usual as both Bob and Merrilyn were younger and we wanted to release them all together. The three of them spent all day out roaming now, but at night were given their pouches and locked into a pen where they were safe from predators and yet able to graze freely, though I suspect that once Buster tumbled into his pouch he didn't venture out again until morning!
Until next time. Love the animals, they belong here too!