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Watch As This Baby Kangaroo Takes Its Triumphant First Hops

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If you are expecting this baby kangaroo (or joey) to flop around like a colt trying to gain its footing, you’re in for a big surprise. In this video filmed by the Australian Reptile Park (located about an hour from Sydney), a little kangaroo named Jellybean is seen hopping around at only 8 months old.

According to the video’s description, “Jellybean is a part of The Australian Reptile Park’s eastern grey kangaroo family which visitors to the Park are able to walk freely amongst and hand-feed them. This hands-on interaction with an Aussie icon is often a highlight for both domestic and international guests.”

National Geographic says that when a ‘roo is born, they’re only about the size of a grape! After working their way to their mother’s pouch, they stay inside and grow until they’re around four months old. Then they’ll come out and wander around a little bit, eating grass and soaking in the sun, but they’ll eventually return to the pouch. It isn’t until 10 months old that the babies choose to permanently leave the comfort of their mother’s pouch. In the video, you can see Jellybean finding solace back in the pouch where its head and leg adorably poke out.