Rare kangaroo birth is announced at Roger Williams Park Zoo

Mother LaRoo awaits newborn Polly, a Matschie's Tree Kangaroo, getting into LaRoo's pouch, Feb. 11, 2016, in a screen capture from a Roger Williams Park Zoo video. (Roger Williams Park Zoo)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Another rare kangaroo baby has been born at Roger Williams Park Zoo, after her older sister was born in 2013.

Polly, a Matschie’s (pronounced “match-eez”) Tree Kangaroo, was born February 11 and joins Holly as offspring of mother LaRoo and father Yopno, both residents of the zoo’s Adaptations building. Polly was just about one-inch long when she was born and was captured on video crawling to her mother’s pouch prior to a 10-month stay.

The zoo says the first six months after birth are most crucial for mother and child to bond.

The species is indigenous to the rainforests of Papua New Guinea, and the zoo has been working to breed the kangaroos in house. Polly is one of six of the breed born in captivity in the past year in the United States, the zoo’s Diane Nahabedian said in a news release.

The animals sleep about 60 percent of the time and feed on leaves and fruits.


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