Baby wallaby emerges from mother’s pouch after seven months in adorable video

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The joey looks out at the world around him, before turning to look at his mother.

An adorable video shows the moment a baby wallaby emerges from its mother's pouch after seven months.

In the footage, baby Bennett’s wallaby Jo-Jo can be seen poking his head out of his mother’s pouch, sniffing the grass and reaching outwards at Auchingarrich Wildlife Park in Perthshire.

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After a gestation period of just 29 days, joeys are born weighing less than a gram so remain in their mother's pouch for a further 280 days where they continue to develop. Joeys stay with their mothers for a further three to nine months to feed. Females reach maturity at around 14 months, and males around 19 months.

Bennett's wallabies, also known as red-necked wallabies, are native to eastern Australia, and common in the island state of Tasmania.

Auchingarrich Wildlife Park said, "Jo-Jo is probably about eight months old. They start to emerge at seven months old - and he's been popping his head out for about a month now."

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