Rare video of baby tree kangaroo

By: Rachael Witter
rwitter@klkntv.com

The Lincoln's Children Zoo is the first in the world to get some rare footage of an extremely endangered animal. Back in June, the Zoo welcomed the birth of a Matschie's Tree Kangaroo, just one of two births in the world this year.

A special relationship between a zookeeper and the kangaroo allowed them to get right inside the pouch! This is video of a two month old joey inside its mother's Milla's pouch. This is the first video of its kind in the world, and the zoo plans on using it to help scientists around the world preserve this endangered animal.

“This is an animal that is truly an endangered species so a lot of folks around the world are working hard to save them from extinction and we're able to be a part of that and share that information with the world. So more knowledge, the more success we're gonna have,” John Chapo with the Lincoln Children's Zoo said.

Mother and baby are just two of 50 tree kangaroos in captivity in the world.  The video will help scientists study development in the pouch, something they've never been able to do before. The baby kangaroo will be in its mothers pouch for about 10 months. The zoo says it will start poking its head out at about 5 months, so you'll have to wait until next season to see it at the zoo.