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PHOTOS: Kangaroo joeys hop about Brookfield Zoo

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Two kangaroo joeys born on February 20 and March 13 of last year at Brookfield Zoo are now exploring their outdoor habitat at the Australia House exhibit.

The joeys, born to moms Daisy, 7½, and Sheila, 11, have recently been spending more time out of their mothers' pouches. The 10- and 11-month-old joeys began hopping around and exploring their new surroundings this past November and just this month, respectively.

A joey remains in its mother's pouch for approximately 9 months, but when the joey is 8 months old, it begins venturing out of the pouch more frequently. Eventually, they will become too big to fit in the pouches, but will continue to stick their heads in to nurse until about 18 months of age.

Open every day of the year, the Brookfield Zoo is located off 1st Avenue between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways and is also accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, CTA, and PACE bus service.

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