Russia: 'Male' kangaroo gives birth in Siberia

  • 26 March 2014
A baby kangaroo in Hanover Zoo
A baby kangaroo peeps out of its mother's pouch

A kangaroo in a Siberian zoo who was thought to be male has surprised everyone by delivering a baby, it appears.

"It has a lovely face and a beautiful little tail," Barnaul Zoo, says, describing the young kangaroo on its website. "Because birth for kangaroos is a very mysterious and long process, it went unnoticed by staff zoo," it adds.

The baby kangaroo, known as a joey, was about 15cm (6in) in size when it was discovered on 22 March, suggesting it was born some time ago. Kangaroos are about the size of a cherry when they are born, and can then spend several months in their mother's pouch before they start venturing out.

The mother was identified as a male at another zoo, before she arrived in Barnaul, and she had already been given the name Chuck. But in light of the discovery that she is indeed a female, zoo director Sergey Pisarev says, "His mother probably needs to be renamed," the Itar-Tass news agency reports.

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