At the risk of making my blog all about animals, I have to confess that I think marsupials are one of God’s greatest inventions. I’m fascinated that a blind creature the size of a jelly bean can crawl on the outside of its mother’s belly to reach the pouch. It’s like the longest journey in the world and the most important one. (Fascinating fact: the mother licks the path on her belly to the pouch and that’s what the joey follows.)
This morning, after reading an article on a newborn marsupial on Zooborns, I wandered in search of an answer: What does the inside of a kangaroo pouch – and probably most marsupials – look like?
I found the answer here: https://www.thedodo.com/why-kangaroos-have-pouches-1218814506.html
It’s pretty much how I imagined it, except I never knew that:
- There’s more than one nipple in the pouch.
- Once the baby/joey makes it to the pouch, he locks onto a nipple and can’t be separated from it for months.
- The mother can nurse three different joeys of varying ages at the same time.
- A kangaroo is capable of providing milk of differing nutritional components according to the age of the joeys.
- And, something I’ve always wondered about, after the joey does his thing inside the pouch, the mother licks it clean. Pretty much like dogs and cats do to their young.
Seriously, isn’t that amazing?