Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Welcome to the world

Pip — Crinkle Cut's new joey — is out and about and hopping around. Here are some photos from September, when he was getting to know the world outside mum's pouch.


11 September 

17 September 

30 September

12 comments:

Calling Ravens said...

He is cute, well..because he is a joey, but my favorite and still the cutest as far as I am concerned is Crinkle Cut herself!
:)

Snail said...

Crinkle Cut is a sweetie. She occasionally comes into the house if she thinks I'm not looking!

Matteo Grilli said...

Great shots!

Snail said...

Thanks, Matteo. While the young one was still in the pouch, it wasn't so difficult to get a pic. Now that he's out, it's much trickier!

laurak@forestwalkart said...

what terrific pictures!! how old would you say he is...when you took those shots? how long do they stay in mom's pocket?
that last one looks like he's getting ready to attempt a (brief) escape!! i can't wait to see his whole cute little self!!

(and i have to laugh...just picturing Crinkle Cut walking into your house!!) :D

Snail said...

I think he'd be about 4-5 months old in those pics. Red-legged paddie joeys stay in the pouch for several months, but for most of that time they're very small. (Remember that marsupials have short gestation periods and a lot of development takes place in the pouch.)

Once out of the pouch, it's another couple of months before they're fully weaned.

It's not that easy to take pics of Pip now that he's out of the pouch because he tends to move around at night. I'll keep trying, though.

laurak@forestwalkart said...

*thanks!* so little 'joey' continues to go in and out of mom's pouch until he's fully weaned? he must be a heavy load by then!!

Snail said...

Once a joey's out of the pouch, it tends to stay out, although you get the idea that it'd hop back in if it could.

A joey will still drink its mum's milk, but at this stage it's a matter of only sticking the head in the pouch to do so.

When this happens, the mum usually has a look of quiet resignation on her face.

Dave Coulter said...

Aww :)

laurak@forestwalkart said...

thanks again...so cool...

Mr. Smiley said...

A real cutie.

Snail said...

He is gorgeous! I've seen him around a bit at night. He's very hyperactive.

There's also another mum and joey pair, but they are much more nervous around people.