I started hopping out of my Mum’s pouch at the end of 2010. To the untrained eye, I am confused with Pinot and my brother Ilyroo, as we all have similar blazes. Some photos clearly show that I have a dark spot within my white blaze and my pouch patch is heart-shaped – cute, hey!
Both my Dad, Adam, and my Mum, Polly, were brought to this colony by humans to help re-build it. I am the first Rock-wallaby with relocated parents to successfully raise young in the Creek colony, near Kangaroo Valley, NSW. I was sad when I lost my first 2 joeys to fox and dog predation, but Gumnut is going strong and may even become a proud Dad one day. I have moved along the cliff with from where I was raised into great rocky habitat that Roxy’s relatives inhabited over ten years ago.
Like all marsupials, our joeys are born pink, hairless and the size of a jellybean! Pinkies, as they are known, climb through their mothers’ fur and into the pouch, where they attach to a nipple. After a couple of months drinking milk they grow fur and open their eyes – very cute!
At about 4 months, the curious joey will begin to pop its head out of the pouch and have a look around! Another month later, the joey will begin to hop out of the pouch briefly and bounce around mum, strengthening up its gangly limbs – even cuter! From 6 months of age joeys spend more of their time out of the pouch, becoming what is known as a young-at-foot.
Thanks for taking the time to get to know me. If you read the Friends newsletter you can keep up with all the gossip at the Shoalhaven colonies. The picture brochure and factsheet in your adoption pack explain even more about Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies and offer you tips to help protect biodiversity. And there is heaps more info on the internet!
Many Australian marsupials will become extinct if humans don’t work together to reduce the threats. We need more caring people like you!
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