The world can be a big bad place.
Even when it’s warm and welcoming, sometimes it can be all too much.
At least, it seemed to be for a little joey at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia.
Almost as quickly as he exited his mother’s pouch, the Goodfellow’s Tree Kangaroo hopped back in.
“Things were getting pretty cramped in Mum’s pouch, so the newest member of the Taronga family decided to give hopping a go,” the zoo posted on Facebook. “Not bad for a first attempt!”
The Goodfellow’s Tree Kangaroo is a critically endangered species.
Threatened by habitat destruction and hunting, tree kangaroos are pretty amazing. They can leap between trees in a matter of seconds, jumping up to 18 metres. And these kangaroos can walk backwards, unlike those who are stuck on the ground, and have especially-adapted pads on their feet and hands to help with climbing.
This little joey was born last September, and only started popping its head out about a week ago.
It’s the the second joey to be born at Taronga in over 24 years.
A female joey was born there in 2013.
And the yet-to-be-named little fella is all kinda of adorable.
Photos Taronga Zoo Sydney/Facebook