As promised in my previous kangaroo post, here are the photographs of the Eastern Grey Kangaroo joey – delayed slightly while I was hunting for Sun Orchids.
This young joey still spends most of the day in its mother’s pouch. So, when the joey climbs out for five minutes of exercise, it is still experiencing the exuberance of being able to run and jump! Mum is a wonderful thing to bounce off, and her ears are just fascinating!
No more explanation is necessary, I think, so enjoy the photographs!
“What’s going on in there?” the female kangaroo seems to be thinking as the joey begins to emerge, feet first.
After a few moments of dallying and scrambling, the joey is completely out of the pouch, looking around.
The joey seems to enjoy wrapping its forearms around the female kangaroo’s head – especially around the ears.
The young joey sands on tiptoes and plays with its mother’s ears.
From this photo, I think our young joey may be another male.
Hopping past the dominant male – probably the father of this joey.
Watch out – coming through! The young female kangaroo seems to have been surprised or annoyed.
The dominant male stands guard when, after a short burst of energy – barely more than five minutes, the joey decides to go back into the pouch.
The female kangaroo leans forward and the young joey pushes into the pouch using its back legs as leverage.
There seems to be an interaction of concern or care in this moment, when the male and female smell each other’s nose.