Using adult Eastern Grey Kangaroo sex identification markers, I seized on the joey’s white chest fur to boldly proclaim that it was a female in an earlier post.  As the joey grows and matures, the white fur is turning brown and it is becoming increasingly obvious that I was wrong. He’s all boy!

Young Male Joey

There is still a bit of white chest fur remaining, but this is turning to brown. There is no doubting that this joey is a male!

Young Male Joey

Viewed from the side, you can see that he is still quite small.

Most mornings the joey and his mother can be seen quite close to our house. They mirror each other’s movements almost exactly – sniffing into the air, sitting upright to listen, bending down to eat, and even bounding away in the same split second.  They’ve been travelling together for long enough to pick up on the same cues, and read each other’s response.

Mother and Son

The joey still has a lot of growing to do before he becomes truly independent.

Female Kangaroo

From the curve of her belly, we can see that another joey is in the female kangaroo’s pouch.