Euros are a species of wallaroo with physical characteristics of both kangaroos and wallabies. Like most marsupials, they have a remarkable reproductive cycle that allows breeding at a high rate when environmental conditions are favourable. Fertilisation of an egg can still occur while the female still has a joey in the pouch. This embryo enters a dormant state and is reactivated when the joey leaves the pouch. After a gestation period of as short as 4 weeks, the 2cm long joeys use their front legs to grasp fur and climb the 15cm into the pouch. Each joey has different nutritional needs owing to their various stages of development but does can express milk with different constituents from each nipple.
This euro joey was captured preening himself in Cape Range National Park. I chose a wider composition to show the animal’s environment and also to record the golden light of the sunset on the dry grasses.