A seven month-old tammar wallaby joey is one of the newest editions to the Lincoln Children's Zoo.
The wallaby joey, Liv, was found out of her mother's pouch one morning and was immediately rescued by zookeepers. Still being hand raised, Liv is carried in a make-shift pouch to substitute the body warmth and shelter provided by a wallaby mother's pouch.
"Lincoln Children's Zoo is one of the only zoo's that has hand-raised this specific species of wallaby in the United States," president & CEO, John Chapo said. "It's a time consuming effort. The zookeeepers were feeding her eight times a day, adjusting the formula to provide the accurate amount of fat content a mother would supply and getting it switched over to solid food."
"Normally Liv would be in her mother's pouch for nine months of her life, but we have experienced her growth and development one-on-one from the beginning," said Taylor Daniels, one of the zookeepers caring for Liv at Lincoln Children's Zoo. "Seeing Liv throughout all stages of her life and getting to know her personality has been incredible."
Wallabies and kangaroos are both Marsupials, but wallabies are generally much smaller than kangaroos. Tammar wallabies are the smallest species of wallaby. Lincoln Children's Zoo now has six tammar wallabies, including Liv, as well as two bennetts wallabies.
Liv is still too young to join the Zoo's other wallabies, but zoo visitors will be able to see Liv when she begins making appearances on the Animal Encounter Stage in early July. Lincoln Children's Zoo's Animal Encounter Stage features different animals for children to interact with and discover first-hand every day.
In the past, Lincoln Children's Zoo has hand raised red pandas, a Bennett's wallaby, various species of birds and Apollo the bobcat.