The Adelaide Zoo in Australia was at a loss when one of their tree kangaroo mamas died suddenly, leaving behind a 5-week-old youngster in desperate need of a warm pouch to grow strong.
Looking around at the other animals in the facility, they decided to try something a little different to keep the cutie, named Makaia, from following his mom”s tragic footsteps. The crew placed Makaia in the welcoming pouch of a foster wallaby mom. The cross-fostering system had previously only been used with closely related wallaby species, so they weren”t sure if the two would take to each other.
But thankfully, the two bonded beautifully, and the little guy made himself right at home.
Now, at 8 months old, he also has a cozy spot waiting for him when he goes to Team Leader Gayl Males” home at the end of the day.
Though Males says he can be a bit of a rascal, getting into trouble with anything he can get his hands on in the house, he”s always ready for some pre-bedtime snuggles with her husband.
See more of the cutie in the video:
(source Zoos SA)
It was a long shot, but now this sweet boy has a second chance at an awesome life, as well as any others in the future who might suffer the same sad loss. You can keep up with Makaia and his zoo buddies over on the Adelaide Zoo website and Facebook page.