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Published on Aug 30, 2012
A red kangaroo joey with an estimated birth date of January 14, 2012, was first spotted sticking his/her head out of mother Conundrum's pouch in June, and is now coming and going from the pouch quite regularly. Zoo staff have not yet determined the joey's gender. Like Bexley, the red kangaroo joey was born the size of a lima bean.
Red kangaroos are the largest marsupials. They live in mobs on the plains of Australia, where they dine on grasses and leaves. Reddish-brown males and smaller grey females can cover a distance of 25 feet in one leap, often traveling as fast as 30 mph.
Red kangaroos were once considered to be pests and were threatened by overhunting, but with protection the wild populations have rebounded.