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Lincoln Park Zoo’s newborn red kangaroo takes a peek

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

The first red kangaroo ever born at Lincoln Park Zoo finally got a peek at the world outside his mother's pouch this week.

The baby kangaroo -- or joey -- was born in early May, but has been tucked away growing in first-time mom Anna's pouch for the last several months, the zoo said in a statement Thursday.

"This little roo has been very secretive so far," zoo curator Diane Mulkerin said in the statement.

"Animal care staffers suspected the pregnancy in mid-spring and have been watching very closely ever since. At the end of July, they started seeing movement around mom's abdomen, and at long last, the little one has finally begun to peek out of the pouch."

It will probably take a couple more months before he -- or she -- is developed enough to fully leave the pouch, the zoo said.

Once the little one is hopping around on its own, animal staffers will determine the joey's sex and name the new arrival. After that, the newborn will continue to return to the pouch for feeding and security until he or she is nearly a year old.

It's the first red kangaroo born at the Near North Side zoo, which participates in a Kangaroo Species Survival Plan. Six adult red kangaroos live in Lincoln Park, including the new mom, 7-year-old Anna, and father, 5-year-old Jacob.

"Both parents are taking the birth in stride, or, I guess I should say, hop," Mulkerin said in the statement. "Anna is a laid back mom and is going about her normal routine of napping, exercising, and eating plenty of leafy greens."

All the red kangaroos can be seen daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the zoo's Antelope & Zebra Area.

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