Unless you are a doctor on the obstetrics floor or a tireless field veterinarian, it’s likely not every day you get to see the miracle of birth take place. Thanks to the clever camerawork of the Animal Adventures team, you don’t have to be.
Using a special camera that takes advantage of the unique gestational arrangement of the world’s bounciest marsupials, this team was able to record a joey growing inside its mother’s pouch.
Ababy kangaroo is born completely hairless, shiny and pink after just 33 days in the womb. From then on, the mother kangaroo’s pouch acts as a second womb to keep the joey safe as it grows.
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The joey lives off its mother’s milk while it lives in the pouch. It gets all the nutrients it needs from mom, helping it grow stronger over the next few months. As the joey grows, the mother kangaroo’s pouch stretches to accommodate her child.
Then, one day when the Joey is feeling particularly independent, It crawls out of the pouch to begin life in a new world.
It’s one thing to read these facts in a biology textbook, but seeing the birth of a baby kangaroo as it progresses from a jellybean-sized fetus to a full-fledged too is something else.
“I had no idea the baby is formed and developed inside the pouch,” commented KhadiJa OmEr. “Mind blown really.”
“That is so Unique! Thanks for sharing,” wrote Virginia Galloway Norris. “It is an excellent explanation in detail about the baby kangaroo. I’ve enjoyed learning.”
“Such an amazing video showing baby roo growth,” commented Frances Woolf. “Just spectacular xxx.”
See for yourself in the video below.
Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.