8 July 2021

You may recall the story from late April when a very young Eastern Grey kangaroo joey was found by David on his way to work. Driving to work, same route, same destination, David glanced at the same dead kangaroo seen two days previously, still laying on the side of the road, but this time something moved……David quickly stopped to check it out. In the pouch was a little joey, so very cold, clinging to life, it had been two frightening and very cold nights.

The joey was named Cherub, and she has thrived in care with WIRES volunteers Di and Tanya.

Koomba was orphaned in June and joined Cherup shortly after, they are now best mates.

Even though Koomba is slightly younger, being a male he is likely to reach an adult weight of up to 65 kg, twice that of Cherup.

They will be released together in February next year and will likely spend the rest of their lives together. Cherub and Koomba still spend considerable time in their substitute pouches,  but they also come out to graze and play in their large enclosure as seen in this video.

Eastern Grey kangaroos are a social species and live in small groups called ‘​mobs’. They usually rest in the shade of scrubs or trees during the day; being nocturnal they move out at dusk, and gather in larger mobs at dusk to feed on grasses and the occasional shrub.

Did you know that kangaroos can maintain a speed of 20 km an hour, as their speed increase so does the distance of each hop, up to 6 meters at a speed of up to 65 km an hour. This speed can only be maintained for short periods of time. The tendons in the legs of kangaroos act like sprung ropes and help propel the animal at fast speed with minimum effort.

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