5 Unbelievable Facts About Wallabies

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You might think you already know everything there is to know about wallabies, but the chances are that you are mistaken – their world contains a whole secret knowledge to discover. Here are some little known facts about wallabies.

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1. Wallabies are Pink and Furless at Birth

When joeys are born they are blind and furless and about the size of a proverbial jellybean. Yes, tiny! They are, in fact, only a little past the embryonic stage. And, after the 4 to 5 week gestation period, the new arrival’s first trip is across its mother’s fur and into the pouch. Here the joey attaches to the teat to suckle for six or seven months. A joey will remain in the pouch until it has developed fully. Only when it has fur and sight and is able to jump to safety does it emerge.

At first, the joey spends varying lengths of time out of the pouch, grazing and acquiring vital survival skills. When it needs to sleep or it feels threatened, however, the joey will return to the pouch. In some species, joeys stay in the pouch for up to a year or until the next joey is born. However, for most wallabies the young are thought to be independent by 9 months.

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