Sunny outlook: Albino wallaby baby pops out of pouch to delight East Park visitors (video)
HE MIGHT have been tempted to keep himself snuggled down in his mother’s pouch.
But the warmer weather has encouraged little albino wallaby Sunny to poke his head out a bit early.
The youngster has been enjoying a head-only sunbathe and attracting lots of interest from visitors at East Park in Holderness Road, east Hull.
Although currently being referred to as a “he”, animal carers have been unable to sex him yet, as he hasn’t come out for a hop around the park.
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But the warm weather might encourage him to take his first tentative bounces soon.
“Very few zoos and animal centres have albino wallabies, so they are quite unusual,” said
wildlife development officer Richard Brown.
“His dad is an albino and has fathered two or three other babies.
“But Sunny has been attracting lots of attention because of his colouring.
“We called him Sunny because it was a neutral name – it could be for a boy or a girl.
“It is possible he has popped his head out a bit early because of the weather but it is difficult to tell, as we don’t know exactly how old he is.
“He pops his head out quite a bit now – he is certainly getting noticed.”
Sunny loves nothing more than basking in the unusually warm sun. He is also enjoying leaning forward to have a nibble on the grass from the safety of his mother’s pouch.
When wallabies are born, they are still in a foetal state for about a month or six weeks.
They crawl into the pouch and suckle on a teat inside.
Once they have been weaned, they will start sticking their heads out of the pouch. They will then take some hops around, before returning to the pouch.
Eventually, they will stop returning to the pouch and become completely independent.
Richard said: “The females often stay close to their mothers for life but, like a typical male, the boys tend to clear off the first chance they get.”
It is believed the nice warm weather might encourage Sunny out of the pouch very soon.
But if the weather turns colder next week, as forecast, he could choose to stay in the pouch longer.
Baby wallabies usually stay in the pouch for between eight and ten months depending on the climate.
Richard said: “Looking at his head, it is still quite small. We’ve seen bigger in pouches before, so he might be a little while yet.”
With his bright red eyes and ice-white fur, visitors cannot help but notice young Sunny.
But he isn’t the only animal causing a scene at East Park’s animal enclosure.
A pygmy goat that looks like a pint is also getting attention.
The little goat with a white head and black body has been aptly named Guinness.
She will be turning two weeks old this weekend.
And soon she will be joined by a friend as another of the female pygmy goats is pregnant and expected to give birth in a few weeks’ time.
And if a pygmy goat and an albino wallaby aren’t your cup of tea, then how would you like to meet Hull’s oldest goose?
Farmyard goose Chalky is a staggering 21 years old.
Richard said: “He has a bit of arthritis so in the winter his legs get a bit achy.
“But he has been loving the warm weather – he can just about fly 50 yards.
“He is doing well for his age, and is loving getting a bit of exercise in the sun. He is very photogenic too – visitors love him.”