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A nearly 11-month-old male kangaroo joey who recently emerged from his mother's pouch, has been exploring his new surroundings at Brookfield Zoo's Australia House exhibit. At birth, the joey is at a very underdeveloped stage and is about the size of a jellybean. When born, the baby marsupial crawled up and into his mother's pouch without any assistance and then attached himself to a teat, where he remained for many months to grow and develop. As he grows, he obviously will be too big to fit in the pouch but will still stick his head in to nurse until he is about 18 months of age.
( Photo / Jim Schulz/Chicago Zoological Society)