It’s one of the nicer things that you see in life. An adorable kangaroo loves his teddy bear, as we see in the image above, which has already become a world-wide viral on Twitter. The baby kangaroo seems extremely happy to hold the not-so-little plushy toy in his hands.
The story of the little kangaroo is a sad one and it’s bound to make even the toughest of you smile and maybe even shed a tear. The kangaroo was found in Grafton, in southeaster Australian county New South Wales. He was rescued months ago from the side of the road.
Although the kangaroo is now warming the hearts of millions around the world, it may be that he didn’t do this little trick for his mother. Though it may have been that his mom was killed in a car accident or while fighting off dogs (the circle of life is tough sometimes), it may also be the case that the little kangaroo was abandoned. At least, that is what Tim Beshara, the man sharing the photo, has said.
The baby kangaroo was rescued by his mother, Gillian Abbott. She took good care of the beautiful creature, as when they found him, he weighed only 3 and a half pounds. Now, after a few months, the kangaroo, which was given the name “Doodlebug”, is really doing well. The process of reintegrating him in the wild is well on the way. This is mainly thanks to the efforts of the wildlife-care workers because the kangaroo is still young enough (15 months) to be able to adapt to a new environment.
The original tweet read that the picture was taken by Bashera’s mother, who works in taking care of animals. She is a retired worker spending all the time she can spare taking care of animals on a foster property. Beshara, her son, is an adviser to Australian senator Peter Whish-Wilson.
After being shared over 3,800 times, the picture has been presented on news outlets, morning shows, and reached as far as Russia. That’s a long distance for a single kangaroo to travel.
In his first tweet of the “joey”, Beshara misidentified the animal as a wallaby. His mother soon corrected him, as he has stated. The animal is an eastern-grey kangaroo. The man also said that his mother now sees him a bit less, as he is being softly released (fed at the home, but he can go out whenever he feels like it). Whenever he comes back, he apparently spends most of his time with the teddy bear. That’s one extremely powerful way of dealing with being an orphan, apparently even for kangaroos.
Image source: Tim Beshara, Gillain Abbott