Staff at the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg are wishing Rooby the red kangaroo a happy 1st birthday this week. The young female marsupial was found back in April 2009 after she had been unexpectedly expelled from her mother’s pouch. Joeys would not survive on their own at such a young age but zoo keepers were quick to take over the care of the 1 1/4 pound youngster.
Rooby became a surprise media star at the Assiniboine Park Zoo, originally described as looking quite “alien”. We thought it was appropriate to let you know that she is doing well and has grown considerably since spending her early days sleeping in a soft towel in a cloth bag to mimic her mother’s pouch. Rooby has matured over the past eight months and vet staff still plan on introducing her to the rest of the troop sometime in the new year.
Congratulations to Rooby on her first year and congratulations the Assiniboine Park Zoo’s keeping and vet staff for the countless hours looking after her.