In the lush and verdant Cleland Wildlife Park, visitors were in for a treat when they caught a glimpse of an adorable baby potoroo munching on a juicy red strawberry. The tiny marsupial, no bigger than a thumb, was peeking out of its mother’s pouch while nibbling on the fruit, much to the delight of onlookers.
The mother and joey were basking in the warm sun near the café garden, where park-goers could observe their cute and curious antics. With their soft, furry coats and twitching noses, the miniature animals captivated everyone who spotted them.
According to a spokesperson for Cleland Wildlife Park, the baby potoroo was still in its early stages of development, and would have been barely the size of a thumb. Despite their small stature, potoroos can grow up to 26cm in length and weigh up to 1.6kg.
While the tiny creatures may seem harmless, they are actually one of the most critically endangered mammal species. Scientists at Latrobe University warn that potoroos are particularly vulnerable to feral cats and foxes, which prey on them in the wild.
Fortunately, the baby potoroo and its mother were safe and well-cared for at Cleland Wildlife Park, where they could thrive and delight visitors with their cute and endearing behavior. The video of the little joey enjoying its strawberry snack was shared on the park’s Instagram, where it quickly went viral, garnering nearly 12,500 views in just one day.
The sight of the tiny potoroo nibbling on a strawberry was enough to melt the hearts of anyone who saw it, leaving many social media users cooing and exclaiming “aww!” at the adorable moment. With their fluffy ears and button noses, these furry little creatures are sure to continue stealing hearts and bringing joy to all who encounter them.