I've had a busy few days this past week, so when a work colleague told me recently that there was a kangaroo farm in my neighbourhood, I couldn't think of a better way to unwind and made immediate plans to visit.
Relaxed and completely at ease, the kangaroos were all lounging around when I arrived and enjoying an afternoon siesta. All the resident kangaroos were born and bottle fed at the farm, so they're better able to cope with human visitors of all ages. They certainly appeared to be enjoying all the attention and affection that was being lavished on them.
Their ancestors originated in New Zealand and a lucky few were brought to Canada when the New Zealand government determined that all non-native animals, such as the kangaroo, were deemed to be pests and their lives terminated.
Known as wallaroos, Kangaroo Creek Farm promotes them as alternative hobby farm animals, suitable for very specific situations. I was very pleased to find that all the animals were well adjusted and at peace, in spite of the activity going on around them. The owners seem to genuinely care for their charges and enjoy sharing information about their life cycles and behaviour. They don't charge an entry fee, but do welcome donations.
This female, carrying a joey in her pouch, seemed to prefer sitting on her tail with the length of it stretched out in front of her.
This little fellow was mellow personified and, literally, didn't bat an eye when anyone stopped by to pet him.
Judging by all the nacho chip debris strewn around him, I'd say he was sleeping off an eating binge. I recognize the look.
Kangaroo's rear feet are very elongated with a single nail on each of their three 'toes'.
Among the highlights of my visit was this little bundle of cute.
Curled up inside a pouch, this albino joey was only a few months old and seemed to relish being held by anyone who wanted to cuddle him. There were lots of willing arms and I enjoyed his delightful company a couple of times.
In addition to the kangaroos, there were also a pair of diminutive goat kids, emus, and a couple of parrots.
Also new to the farm are a pair of pot belly piglets. I found this one irresistible with his perfectly formed ears and little chubby cheeks.
I wanted to bring one of each of these little darlings home with me, but finally had to tear myself away and leave empty handed. *sigh* I think I'm going to have to fit at least on more visit here into my schedule before moving day.