How do kangaroos care for their babies?

The first thing the mother kangaroo (jill or doe) does for her newborn joey is to prepare a path for it to crawl from the birth canal to the pouch. She does this by licking the fur down flat. The act of licking the fur also stops the tiny, hairless joey from drying out.

Once the joey reaches the pouch, it latches onto a teat which swells in its mouth. It stays there for six-seven months (depending on the species of kangaroo) until it is ready to become more independent. Another joey may be born in the meantime, but the mother kangaroo is able to produce two different types of milk to meet the different needs of her two young joeys.