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Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s Aussie Walkthrough exhibit is flourishing with another joey emerging from the pouch.  Keepers have been observing Koala mother Lilli Pilli and her joey starting to come down from the treetops to the platform more often for fresh leaves.

The male joey had only recently come out from Lilli Pilli’s pouch and is now often spotted clinging to the front or back of his mom.  At about six months of age, this is the second joey for Lilli Pilli, who has proven to be a good mother -- quite protective of her young and often vocalising to the father, Jarrah, to keep his distance from them.

The Koala joey is yet to be named and keepers are currently thinking of a fitting Australian moniker for the newest addition to the group. Over the coming months, the joey will continue to stay with his mom until he becomes independent at approximately 12 months old.

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Photo Credit: Taronga Western Plains Zoo

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