Hungarian zoo nurses baby wallaby back to health

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Posted: Aug 05, 2011 12:27 PM
Hungarian zoo nurses baby wallaby back to health

A baby wallaby rejected by its mother and nursed back to health on goat milk is developing normally after living in a substitute pouch at the Budapest Zoo, officials said Friday.

Frodo weighed just 13 ounces (370 grams) at 5 months old when zookeepers noticed March 13 that the male joey was out of its mother's pouch.

Frodo was "just lying there without any signs of life," zookeeper Peter Hipszki said. "We thought he was dead."

Efforts to reunite mother and joey were unsuccessful, so Frodo was nursed on goat milk from a baby bottle. Frodo is now 9 months old, weighs 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) and is often out of the substitute pouch zookeepers made from a satchel.

Wallabies are native to Australia and closely related to kangaroosThey have been kept at the Budapest Zoo since it opened in 1866.