Wallaby joeys move into their new habitat at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Posted at 4:54 PM, Sep 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-04 19:56:06-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Tuesday morning, three wallaby joeys were released into their new habitat, Walkabout Australia at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

The three wallabies, named Laura, Thelma and Tatum were hand-raised and are 11-months old.

The animals had to be slowly introduced to the new habitat to make sure they fit in with the adult kangaroos and wallabies also living in the area.

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The joeys are 20 inches tall and weigh between nine and 13 pounds each, according to the zoo. When they’re fully grown, wallaby females can weigh between 26 and 35 pounds and can grow up to three feet long.

Staff at the zoo currently bottle-feed the joeys until they’re weaned off in October.

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“Laura, the largest of the three, tends to be the most independent and adventuresome,” said Bree Barney, keeper at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. “Tatum, the smallest, is typically the most affectionate, and likes to stay close to keepers or in her pouch; while Thelma is an excellent companion to both girls, but seems to share a special bond with Tatum.”