A rare tree kangaroo joey, born at the Chester Zoo in July, has emerged from its mother’s pouch after six months of development, the zoo has said.
The joey is an endangered Goodfellow’s tree kangaroo, born to mum Kitawa as part of a conservation breeding program working to protect the highly threatened species from extinction.
Conservationists at Chester Zoo had documented the growth of the joey using a special endoscope camera placed into Kitawa’s pouch every few weeks.
“The new baby will soon emerge from the pouch fully and begin hopping around and learning to climb trees, under the watchful eye of mum,” David White, team manager at the zoo, said. “That’s when we’ll be able to determine if it’s male or female and give the youngster a fitting name.” Credit: Chester Zoo via Storyful