Joeys thriving after rescue

FAUNA carer Charles Kranenburg with joey William, who is already practising his boxing.
FAUNA carer Charles Kranenburg with joey William, who is already practising his boxing. David Nielsen

THEY may not be royalty but this William and Kate are the king and queen of their Ipswich home.

The two orphaned eastern grey joeys are thriving in the care of Karalee couple Hazel and Charles Kranenburg. Both were found in similar circumstances – in the pouch of a dead mother lying on the roadside.

William is eight months old and is already trying to establish who's boss, while little Kate at only four months is the most timid member of the household.

Mrs Kranenburg said William came to her care after a bikie stopped to check a dead female on the side of the road.

“When he came to us, little William was only 560 grams and had no fur,” she said. “Now he's quite boisterous and likes to practise his boxing, an instinctual defence tactic for male kangaroos.

“Kate only joined us last week and is still a little shy. So far the two have been getting along great, except Kate is still recovering from some wounds sustained when her mother was run over.”

The joeys will stay with the Kranenburg's, who are members of wildlife rescue group FAUNA, until they are ready for release.

Roo beauties!

A male kangaroo is called a “boomer”, a female a “flyer”, and a baby is called a “joey”.

A kangaroo is a macropod, which means “big foot”.

They cannot move backwards.

An adult male can weigh up to 66kg and has a life span of 18-20 years.

A female kangaroo can have three babies at the same time: an older joey living out of the pouch but still suckling, a young one in the pouch and an embryo awaiting birth.

A grey roo jumps nine metres in one bound and can reach speeds of 50 km/h.

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