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First Joey born on the farm for 4 years!

17th March 2022

The Keepers at Tapnell Farm Park are excited to announce that one of our Bennett Wallabies, Hermione, has finally shown her first joey (gender currently unknown) – the first joey on the farm for 4 years.

Hermione’s little joey is approximately 4 months old, and at this stage, joeys just pop their heads out as they are not yet ready to leave the pouch. During the first 4 months, this little joey was all tucked up in Hermione’s pouch attached to a teat which acts as an umbilical cord.

At around 9-10 months, joey will fully leave the pouch, however it will still be able to stick its head inside the pouch and drink milk until it’s around 2 years old! Something to look forward to this summer!

Lucy Cousins, Head Keeper at Tapnell Farm Park, said: “The keepers and I are super excited to announce the first joey in 4 years at Tapnell Farm Park. This has brought us a lot of joy after a trying year or two; it’s lovely to have something more positive to focus on."

"Being animal keepers, we become very attached to our animals as if they are family. We cannot wait to find out the gender and give little joey a special name this summer – or maybe you could help us?!” A competition to name little joey will be posted on Facebook nearer the summer."

Hermione’s dad, Deuce, proud grandad to little joey, is one of the wallabies rehomed by Tapnell Farm Park when Seaview Wildlife Park closed. There are 8 adult wallabies at Tapnell Farm Park, plus little joey and another in Coco the wallaby’s pouch. Hermione was born here and Darwin, little joey’s dad, joined the mob in April 2021 from the Peak District.

To watch a short video of Hermione with her little joey, and grandad Deuce click here

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Tapnell Farm Park Hermione w Joey