'They're Good, Aren't They': Tree Kangaroo Snatches Snacks From Wildlife Enthusiast

An orphaned tree kangaroo shared snacks with a local wildlife enthusiast after the native marsupial broke into a lodge in Atherton, Queensland.

After entering Lumholtz Lodge, a wildlife facility named after the endemic Lumholtz’s tree-kangaroo species, the animal – named Nelson – was filmed eating treats while sitting on the shoulder of Paul Webster on May 22.

“They are bloody good, aren’t they,” Webster can be heard saying after the tree kangaroo uses its claws to prompt for one of the snacks.

Webster told Storyful, “Nelson is the only known tree kangaroo that has demonstrated this level of intelligence and development [at the facility]. He is an orphan whose mother was killed by a vehicle strike.”

According to WWF (World Wildlife Fund), “Tree kangaroos live in lowland and mountainous rainforests in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and the far north of Queensland, Australia.” Credit: Paul Webster via Storyful