Makaia doesn't know it, but he's a walking, er, hopping history maker.
The kangaroo is the first of his kind to be raised by a surrogate wallaby, according to Australia's Adelaide Zoo.
At just five weeks old, the Goodfellow's tree kangaroo's mother died suddenly when she was crushed by a falling branch at the zoo.
"Acting on pure adrenaline," according to the zoo's website, zookeepers decided to try something that had never been done with a tree kangaroo before: cross-fostering. The staff placed the joey (who was too young to hand raise) with a surrogate wallaby mother.
"We've had great success over the years' cross-fostering between wallaby species, but the specialized breeding technique has never been used on a tree kangaroo," said Adelaide Zoo veterinarian, Dr. David McLelland. "We had no idea if the yellow-foot would accept the tree kangaroo joey, but if we wanted to save the joey we had to try our luck."
A teenage humpback whale got into a mess of trouble on Sunday when he got stuck in an entanglement of 50 prawn traps and ropes near Powell River, British Columbia.
According to CBC News, boaters alerted Fisheries and Oceans Canada after spotting the distressed 1,100 pound juvenile male, which was being anchored to the ocean floor by the traps.
A rescue video shows the three-man team cutting away the ropes – which were wrapped around the animal's tail, body, fins and mouth and apparently caused wounds. CBC News says the group worked toward the tail to ensure the whale wasn't able to swim away until he was completely free.
David and Valerie Peters, their niece Sage and young friend Elise had a jaw-dropping encounter with a grizzly bear on the aptly-named "Beartooth Highway" in Yellowstone National Park earlier this month.
Local authorities are searching for a man and woman who severely damaged five sea turtle nests, each with around 100 eggs, and killed two black skimmer chicks with a high-powered vehicle at a Florida beach on Saturday.
Jagger the German shepherd is ready for his close-up.
On the 86th-floor observatory of the Empire State Building, the camera-ready canine received the celebrity treatment. Overlooking an expansive view of New York City, Jagger – one of the five dogs who play the titular dog in the movie Max – posed like a professional as a gaggle of photographers snapped his picture.
"Who are you wearing?"
"Poochi," he replied with a bark.
Defying its natural predatory instinct and forgoing a delicious snack of baby birds, this heroic, bizarrely-wired cat switched into mom mode to help feed three abandoned chicks.
Hungry for a meal but with no mother to feed them, these three baby birds chirp at the sky with their mouths wide open, yearning for a mother-figure (bird, cat, whatever) to regurgitate lunch into their mouths.
I'm four five seconds from wildin' because Rihanna just brought home an adorable new puppy.
The "B–––– Better Have My Money" singer, 27, picked up her new pet at an unusual place: the club.
Rihanna was out on Sunday night when she came across a tiny fluffy dog pawing around the bathroom alone, reports Refinery 29.
There are few pleasures in life as simple as watching baby goats jump around on stuff.
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