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Spy Quokka Meets a Joey

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Spy Quokka meets a 3-month-old joey, tucked in his mother’s pouch. Since the baby has started eating solid food, he is growing too big for his mother to carry.

- [Narrator] This is what our spy has come to see.

(gentle guitar music) A baby quokka.

A joey, just three months old.

All marsupials carry their babies in a pouch.

Quokkas are no exception.

For the last three months, he's relied on his mother's milk.

Now he's trying solid food.

But as a result, he's getting too big for his pouch.

Withholding food is one way to deal with the problem.

It's already quite a squeeze to get out.

But there's a big wide world to explore.

He's going to need a lot of looking after.

(gentle guitar music) Our spy now witnesses another side of quokka life.

For all their cuteness, quokkas will fight over food, especially tea tree.

(dramatic guitar music) Even the joey's mother isn't keen to share.

With all this competition, spy quokka is on dangerous ground.

A peace offering.

That seems to have done the trick.

(gentle music) For the baby, it's been quite enough adventure for one day.

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