seen in this photograph of a Western Grey Kangaroo, just before giving birth a
Macropod will often, but not always, lick a path from her cloaca to her pouch
which helps guide the new-born joey to the pouch.
joey travels the distance, totally unaided by its mother, by using its front claws
to climb through the fur.
is a dangerous journey as the tiny joey can quite easily fall if knocked, and
sometimes may miss the pouch opening all together.
can see the pink joey just below the mothers head (as she has a sticky beak!).
you can see the joey as it is nearing the pouch. Once inside the pouch the joey
will find its way to one of four teats where it will attach itself. Its mouth
will then fuse onto the teat and will stay attached for several months.