Story By: Ana Marjanovic, Sub-Editor: Michael Leidig, Agency: Newsflash
This is the moment a shy joey repeatedly falls out of its mother’s pouch while trying to hide from the filming zoo visitors.
The cute scene was filmed at San Antonio Zoo in the city of San Antonio, Texas, and the footage has gone viral on TikTok with a whopping 86 million views.
The zoo accompanied the video with the message: “We all have those days!”
In the footage, the shy joey is seen slipping out of its mother’s pouch and crashing on the ground twice before eventually managing to scramble inside to hide from the filming crowd.
San Antonio Zoo, home to over 750 species, is located in the city’s Brackenridge Park.
The animal park boasts an annual attendance of over 1 million visitors as well as one of the longest miniature train rides in the world, the San Antonio Zoo Eagle Train first opened in 1956.
The zoo says on its website: “Kangaroo Krossing is now open! This new experience is home to our red kangaroos and is an extension of the zoo’s Wild Australia realm.
“For an upgraded experience, guests can get up-close and learn more about kangaroos while feeling like they’re on an outback adventure. The new area also includes a renovated snack stand, Snack-A-Roos, and a fun photo opportunity where guests can pop out of our kangaroo pouch!”
The zoo’s video was also shared on Instagram by ‘Earth Focus’ with the message: “At around six months, when a joey is sufficiently developed, it will leave the pouch for short periods, returning when it needs to feed.
“Red kangaroos leave the pouch for good at around eight months and continue to suckle for another three to four months. Grey kangaroos leave at about 11 months, continuing to suckle until they are as old as 18 months.”