Walking in the bush this afternoon I surprised a mother kangaroo and her joey. The joey got such a fright he tried to climb back into the pouch.
Alas – he had grown too big and fell right back out again. I missed capturing this moment on camera but here’s the joey moments later looking very sorry for himself. Meanwhile mum’s decided I’m not a threat and has gone back to foraging.
The joey turned round and tried again to get back into the pouch but he just couldn’t fit. Mum paid him no attention whatsoever. Getting enough to eat was her main concern.
Eventually the joey gave up and plucked up courage to turn and take a look at me as I stood just metres away on the path.
I looked so weird to his bush baby eyes he straightened up for a better look.
Deciding I was just too weird for comfort he returned to mum for some reassurance.
Mum rewarded his bravery with a cuddle
and even let him have a drink of milk.
She posed for her portrait
then got back to the task at hand. Just where was that really tasty piece of grass?