Spirited kangaroo joey ventures out to explore

Kangaroo joey Munup exploring the sanctuary grounds

Bursts of winter sunshine have enticed Healesville Sanctuary’s newest kangaroo joey out of mum’s pouch, allowing keepers to confirm… it’s a boy!

The nine-month-old Kangaroo Island kangaroo has been named “Munup” (pronounced Mun-oop), which means spirited one in the Woiwurrung language of the local Wurundjeri people.

Sanctuary keeper Katherine Sarris said Munup is an inquisitive and friendly addition to the sanctuary mob.

“Munup has been busy exploring the world outside mum Penny’s pouch, which includes nibbling on some grass and meeting his bigger sister,” Ms Sarris said.

“He’s very curious and comfortable around his fellow kangaroos, which is wonderful for sanctuary visitors to watch.”

Ms Sarris says Munup usually ventures out of mum’s pouch when the sun comes out, but still snuggles back in for a drink of milk and extra warmth when it’s time to nap.

Kangaroo Island kangaroos are known for their long eyelashes and easy-going temperaments.

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