NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – There aren’t many reveals at a zoo the place you may truly go inside and pet the animals. Nevertheless, that’s precisely what you are able to do with the roos contained in the Kangaroo Kickabout at Nashville Zoo.
Nashville Zoo Major Contact Keeper, Kelly Wisner, launched Information 2 to the kangaroos.
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“If they’re truly on the pathway you may pet them, which is one thing we get numerous visitors, particularly from out of city that are available in they usually’re like, ‘Wait. We are able to stroll inside with them?’ And I’m like, ‘sure’. ‘We are able to pet them?’ And I’m like, ‘sure’.”
Wisner defined that the kangaroos might be patted on the again if they’re on the pathway, but when they’re on the grass, then guests want to remain away.
“We do even have a ten:30a.m. feeding the place we feed them near the pathway to attempt to get them to return as much as the pathway so visitors can get that good shut encounter and hopefully get to pet them,” Wisner mentioned.
These kangaroos had been all born captivity. Most of them at Nashville Zoo, and whereas they’re docile, Wisner identified that you simply wouldn’t pet a wild kangaroo.
Talking of kangaroos born at Nashville Zoo, at present, there are a number of joeys rising of their mamas’ pouches.
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“We even have six females with joeys within the pouch proper now, they usually vary from about this huge to at least one that’s larger and hopping out and in of the pouch at present,” Wisner mentioned.
Wisner mentioned feminine kangaroos attain sexual maturity at 18 months whereas males attain it at two years.
“They [females] can truly give delivery all through their total lives. They’ve a extremely cool factor referred to as fetal diapause the place they’ll even have a joey out of the pouch, nonetheless nursing from the pouch, a joey rising within the pouch, after which one ready to be born. Mainly, it’s only a ball of cells. It’s only a ball of cells ready to be born as quickly as that pouch is on the market once more,” Wisner defined.
They solely preserve one breeding male on the web site due to dominance points, and his title is Rooben. He has the pleasure of being a dad to a number of joeys on the Nashville Zoo.
“I consider Rooben has given us about 25 joeys since about December 2019.” Wisner continued, “We’re the primary ones we had with him.”
Now is an efficient time to go to as a result of beginning on the finish of June, there will probably be a minimum of 4 joeys hopping out and in of their pouches.
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