Hungarian zoo successfully rescues baby wallaby

August 5, 2011 - 11:30 AM

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A baby wallaby who fell out of its mother's pouch at 5 months of age has been successfully rescued by the Budapest Zoo and is developing normally.

Frodo, a male Tammar wallaby, weighed just 370 grams (13 ounces) when zookeepers noticed March 13 that it was out of its mother's pouch.

Keeper Peter Hipszki says Frodo was "just lying there without any signs of life. We thought he was dead."

Efforts to reunite mother and joey were unsuccessful, so Frodo was nursed on goat milk from a baby bottle.

Frodo is now 9 months old, weighs 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) and is often out of the substitute pouch zookeepers made from a satchel.

Wallabies are native to Australia and closely related to kangaroosThey have been kept at the Budapest Zoo since it opened in 1866.