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   xoxoxoBruce  Friday Jun 19 12:28 AM

June 19, 2009: Pocket Pet

Pocket pet, or maybe pouch pal.

Quote:
This extraordinary photograph shows something that looks more like a baby alien than a life form here on Earth.
But it is in fact of a baby kangaroo - still in its mother's pouch, 25 weeks before it will emerge into the world.
As if the image is not astonishing enough, it was only made possible because the mother remembered an act of kindness by humans many years before.


Quote:
Acclaimed Sydney science and wildlife photographer Jason Edwards captured the endearing moment after the mother allowed him to push a camera into her pouch - but only because she trusted humans.
Mr Edwards was talking with a researcher in the Sturt national park in north-west New South Wales when she mentioned that a female red kangaroo she had hand-raised years earlier before releasing her had returned to the fold.
'The researcher had raised the orphaned baby after its mother had been killed by a car,' said Mr Edwards. 'The researcher let the 'roo go back into the bush five or six years before, and so it had become a wild red kangaroo,' he told Sydney's Daily Telegraph.
~snip~
'She must have had good memories of being raised because that's a rare thing for a mother with a young joey in her pouch,' said 40-year-old Mr Edwards. When he believed he had won the confidence of the mother, he decided he was close enough to try to take a picture of the baby in the pouch.
Quit a remarkable picture, but I think that Joey needs his nails clipped.


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zippyt  Friday Jun 19 12:48 AM

Roo Stew ??



hipshot  Friday Jun 19 01:37 AM

<Desperately searching for some clever way to say "Marsupial Veal"...>




SPUCK  Friday Jun 19 04:55 AM

Those claws are nasty! How is the mother not eviscerated in the next 20 weeks?



nil_orally  Friday Jun 19 07:23 AM

Dog food in the making



Beestie  Friday Jun 19 07:57 AM

The possibilities are endless...

Add a layer of sticky rice, a dash of soy sauce and wasabi for some delicious Kangarooshi;

Three or four on a skewer makes for a tasty shish-kababaroo;

Stew a few in coconut curry takes me to Kangrila;

Time to ice down some Fosters!



capnhowdy  Friday Jun 19 08:22 AM

Mighty young to already have a joint in his mouth.



classicman  Friday Jun 19 08:48 AM

Love the nose - that lil guy is gonna be extra cute in 25 weeks!

Oh, and the meat will be so tender. Add a little red wine, some onions and mushrooms, olive oil, rosemary, fresh garlic, Salt & pepper to taste. Serve with a side of asparagus, baby red potatoes drenched in butter and a fresh spring salad, of course. Mmmm.



Gravdigr  Friday Jun 19 10:16 AM

Looks humid in there.



glatt  Friday Jun 19 10:18 AM

and not so clean.



birdclaw  Friday Jun 19 10:33 AM

I think its great. But what is coming out of it's mouth? Umbilical cord? Do they not have belly buttons?



glatt  Friday Jun 19 10:49 AM

I think (and I'm sure someone will jump in to correct me if I'm wrong) that marsupials are born out of a vagina when they are very tiny, and they have to crawl up to the pouch and get inside it where they then nurse for months and continue to develop. Then when they are finally big enough, they come out of the pouch.

So it would have had an umbilical cord (I guess) when it was in the uterus, but lost it when it was born.

Edit: Turns out I guessed wrong. It seems they don't have an umbilical cord in the uterus. They just live off of the yolk of an egg. Wtf?



xoxoxoBruce  Friday Jun 19 11:25 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by birdclaw View Post
But what is coming out of it's mouth?
That's her teat.


Sundae  Friday Jun 19 05:00 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
As if the image is not astonishing enough, it was only made possible because the mother remembered an act of kindness by humans many years before.
Quote:
'She must have had good memories of being raised because that's a rare thing for a mother with a young joey in her pouch,' said 40-year-old Mr Edwards. When he believed he had won the confidence of the mother, he decided he was close enough to try to take a picture of the baby in the pouc
Just for the record - this does not work with female humans.
I don't care what you did for me many years before, you are not taking pictures of my hoo ha.


birdclaw  Friday Jun 19 08:07 PM

tiny teat.



capnhowdy  Friday Jun 19 10:05 PM

yep



ZenGum  Friday Jun 19 11:02 PM

Any minute now you're going to figure out what vegemite is really made from.



richlevy  Saturday Jun 20 12:54 PM

Wow, a fetus with a 5 o'clock shadow. He's either a marsupial or a(n) ___________ (insert ethnicity here).



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