"Staff at the Assiniboine Park Zoo hospital are hopping-busy caring for a baby red kangaroo.
The four-month-old female joey, named Rooby by zoo staff, was recently found lying helpless on the floor of its enclosure after being ejected from the pouch of one of the adult females.
Weighing just 560 grams, she would have little chance of survival out of the pouch at this early age, according to zoo veterinarian Dr. Chris Enright.
Rooby would also be dependant on her mother’s milk inside the pouch for up to a year, so staff members have been providing feedings of milk formula every three hours, around the clock."
When not feeding, Rooby spends most of the time sleeping soundly, nestled in a soft towel within a cloth bag, which substitutes for her mother’s pouch, according to the zoo."
Forpitysake! The zoo staff are even rubbing her down with loads of Vaseline to keep her delicate skin nice and moist, like it would have been in her mother's pouch.
I thought we needed a sweet story today...