Yesterday as we watched a wild mob of Eastern Grey Kangaroos happily eating and socialising, we noticed a mother with a huge pouch. Shortly after, this tiny joey tumbled out!
Eastern Grey Kangaroo joeys stay in their mothers pouch for 11 months, and in the last few months, as this video https://youtu.be/jnLXuVAre3c shows, the joey comes out of the pouch for increasingly longer periods and learns to balance, hop, groom, eat grass and socialise.
The bond between kangaroo mothers and joeys is strong and long-lasting. The joey in the video is about 9-10 months old, and if she is female, she will probably live with her mother her entire life.
This joey is a little older, probably about 12 months. She still suckles from her mother’s pouch, and will do so until she is 18 months old. While she suckles, her mother takes the opportunity to groom her.