Its not spring but as you can see- there are babies around! Our local mobs has LOTS of babies in pouches- LOTS!!!
This here is a mum with her little "velvet" joey poking its head out of the pouch.
"Velvet" describes the stage (age) of a joey kangaroo.
When they are first born they have no hair. When the joey is first born it weighs under a gram and is as tiny as 15 millimetres, very much like a small, pink jellybean.
Within a couple of months the joeys grow but also, start to grow their hair. Its smooth, fine and like velvet and why at this stage, they are called a "velvet". At this age this joey would not be getting out of the pouch. It would maybe be chewing on some grass as mum bends down to graze but that's about it. Today the winter sun was a little warm and the mob came together to graze together.
As you can see in these photos that my mum took- this joey is at the "velvet" stage. It would be so soft and smooth. Isn't this just the most adorable thing!!
THIS shows why you must ALWAYS- STOP- CHECK AND/OR CALL if you hit wildlife or see one hit. They may be carrying beautiful babies just like this one that CAN survive the impact of a car strike.
Here is some video of our mob- I hope you like watching them as much as we do.
Sorry some parts are blurry- but mum is filming from a distance (to not scare them) and the camera is not on a tripod so a little shaky when zooming in.
My name is Libby and I am 13 years old. I am a Koala Crusader- raising money and awareness for our VULNERABLE koala's and spreading messages about our wildlife that we are lucky enough to live WITH. These are stories written by ME!