Things are hop-penning at Small Mammal House! On Jan. 24, a wallaby joey popped its head out of mom Victoria’s pouch. The joey took its first hops outside the pouch on March 18 and has been exploring its yard ever since. Get the scoop on the young joey from animal keeper Esther Wray.
When was the joey born, and is it a boy or girl?
It’s difficult to know for sure when a joey is born, but we believe Victoria gave birth Aug. 10, 2019 (give or take 15 days). This is the second joey for Victoria and dad, Sydney, who unfortunately passed away in September 2019. We don’t know if it’s a male or female yet. When the joey is a little bigger, we will do a quick exam to determine its sex, and then start the naming process!
What is this joey’s personality like? How does it compare to its sister Lenah?
This joey is definitely more of an observer than a doer and not as active as its sister. Even before we saw the joey’s head stick out, it didn’t move around as much as Lenah did in the pouch. Lenah, who was born in fall 2018, was out and exploring just as soon as she could. This guy or gal spends a lot more time in the pouch. During morning cleaning, it is perfectly content to stick its head and feet out and watch us as we work.