Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Looking out at a new world

After some 200+ days in the pouch it can get a bit cramped and it must be a bit of a relief to stick your head out and get a look at the world; if it is a bit scary you just duck back into the safety of the pouch where you can also get your food. This little Red-necked Wallaby is just old enough to start seeing what is happening outside the pouch but as yet not old enough to venture totally out. One of the benefits of being carried around in the pouch is seeing closeup what are mum's favourite plants to eat, what scares mum and what other creatures are around even funny two legged ones.
The Red-necked Wallaby Macropus rufogriseus banksianus is one of our two resident Macropods, the other being the Eastern Grey Kangaroo. Generally you can expect to see a few every day but at present we have a number of females with young at the stage of leaving the pouch and they like to stay close to the house as they have learnt that it is generally a bit safer from their predators Wedge-tail Eagles and Dingos.

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