In three pouches, three wriggling wallabies are growing up at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. They're being hand-raised by keepers at the Ione and Paul Harter Animal Care Center nursery.
Wallabies are basically miniature kangaroos, and as such are marsupials. They spend the first part of their lives in their mother's pouch. Or in this case, soft cloth pouches at the nursery.
The three red-necked wallaby joeys, two girls and one boy, are being bottle-fed a special marsupial milk substitute, along with some solid food.
The wallabies spend most of their day sleeping in their pouches, but come out for their meals — and for a peek at each other. They'll even touch noses, said Kimberly Millspaugh, senior keeper, in a Safari Park statement.
Visitors can see the baby wallabies at the Animal Care Center in their nursery at Nairobi Station, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily. They're eventually destined for the upcoming Walkabout Australia section.
Walkabout Australia is being designed to offer visitors unusually intimate, close interactions with native Australian animals, including kangaroos and wombats.