Friday Photo: The Truth About Baby Joeys

When I think about a mother kangaroo and her baby joey, I always think of a cute head poking out neatly out from the mommy’s pouch. But as I’ve learned, the truth is not always as pretty as that. This one seems to have stuffed itself in headfirst, and decided that it was cozy enough that way, with the head inside and feet and tail poking out. And this is pretty common among the kangaroos and wallabies we’ve seen.

We were wondering whether the joey was going to stay upside down or somehow flip itself over but it stayed like this for quite awhile and we eventually moved on.

So, have you seen a baby joey upside down like this? :)

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18 Responses to “Friday Photo: The Truth About Baby Joeys”

  1. Rebecca
    23 July 2010 at 12:27 pm #

    Yeah, the two headed kangaroo’s freaked me out more then I thought they would!

    Some things are better left for cute professional pictures:-).
    .-= Rebecca´s last blog ..New Zealand – Couches Buses =-.

    • Dina
      25 July 2010 at 3:45 am #

      Haha, I think the stuffed animal makers won’t make much money if their design looks like this picture!

  2. Joshua Koudys
    23 July 2010 at 2:12 pm #

    Also, if you try and get in to a kangaroo’s pouch and ride one, they won’t appreciate it. There’s also a lot of mucus in there.

    • Dina
      25 July 2010 at 3:46 am #

      MUCUS??!! Is that by experience, Josh?

    • Dina
      25 July 2010 at 3:53 am #

      Oh, is that from the Simpsons or Family Guy?

  3. Eli
    23 July 2010 at 2:19 pm #

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Joey go in head first. It looks like he might have quite a challenge when he eventually tries to get out of there. He must be pretty comfortable :)

    • Dina
      25 July 2010 at 3:48 am #

      It’s like sleeping under blanket with our head tucked in and our feet out, I think it will feel weird for me :D

  4. Trever Clark
    23 July 2010 at 9:48 pm #

    It looks like he just dove in in a hurry!

    • Dina
      25 July 2010 at 3:49 am #

      Haha, that’s true. Maybe it’s easier/faster to crawl in head first.

  5. Brooke, WhyGo Australia
    24 July 2010 at 2:08 am #

    Hmm… I always find that the kangaroo in the pouch is a bit disturbing to look at!
    .-= Brooke, WhyGo Australia´s last blog ..Things You Should Know About Australia =-.

    • Dina
      25 July 2010 at 3:52 am #

      Even when it’s the head poking out? It looks super cute for me :D

  6. Andia
    25 July 2010 at 10:54 pm #

    OMG, I love roos!!! I have never seen one like this before!
    .-= Andia´s last blog ..29 Things To Do Before I Turn 29 =-.

    • Dina
      28 July 2010 at 1:42 am #

      I loooove them too!! Especially the rock wallabies that we visited in their natural home in Queensland. Sooo cute… I followed around the one with joey (that joey happen to have the head poking out, together with the tail)

  7. Jen
    27 July 2010 at 11:54 pm #

    Mmm. Borderline gross? It looks like reverse birth. Wierd.
    .-= Jen´s last blog ..How To Move To NYC With Ten Dollars Or Less – Part One =-.

    • Dina
      28 July 2010 at 1:43 am #

      Haha, this is why kangaroo stuffed animals don’t portray the joeys this way: it would freak the buyers (and their kids) out!

  8. Sabina
    30 July 2010 at 5:56 am #

    I want one!!!

    • Dina
      30 July 2010 at 11:16 am #

      If you manage to kidnap one, let me know! I want to play with them too :D

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