Attention, world. This is not a test. There is a place in Australia where it’s possible to cuddle with a baby kangaroo.
The Kangaroo Sanctuary in Alice Springs, Australia, adopts stray and orphaned kangaroos from around the country. The sanctuary rehabilitates orphaned kangaroos and then releases them back into the wild when ready. Those who cannot be re-released stay and live in the sanctuary.
The operation is owned by a man nicknamed “Kangaroo Dundee,” after a documentary and several TV appearances.
“Kangaroo Dundee” (whose real name is Chris Barns) leads visitors on guided expeditions through the sanctuary to teach them about kangaroo care and rehabilitation.
The tour lasts about three hours and takes visitors on a leisurely walk through the sanctuary’s 188-acre reserve. During the tour, visitors will not only see the famous sanctuary and its inhabitants but will have the opportunity to hold a baby kangaroo (or joey).
eservations are necessary and often fill up far in advance, according to the website. Admission is $85 for adults and $45 for children.
Those who can’t make it to Australia can follow the organization on social media to see the kangaroos in action.
They hang out and babies peek out of their mother’s pouches.
They wear seatbelts when they ride in cars.
And they eat dinner like a family.
A follow will not only yield adorable content, but also educational. On Tuesday, social media followers learned that kangaroo courtship involves the man following the female around and tapping her tail until she agrees.
Although be warned: Following may make your desire to go see the sanctuary in person burn even stronger.