New arrival ensures ‘hoppy’ Easter at zoo

Keepers referred to her as wee spud. Sweet potatoes are the tree kangaroos' favourite food & she was named Kau Kau (Papua New Guinea word for sweet potato).

Keepers referred to her as wee spud. Sweet potatoes are the tree kangaroos' favourite food & she was named Kau Kau (Papua New Guinea word for sweet potato).

A baby kangaroo stole the thunder of the Easter bunny with its arrival at Belfast Zoo this week.

Kau Kau – a Goodfellow’s tree kangaroo – ‘hopped’ from her mother’s pouch just in time to greet the Easter crowds.

Kau Kau was born to mother, Jaya and father, Hasu Hasu.  Like all marsupials, female tree kangaroos carry and nurse their young in their pouch.

Kau Kau was born to mother, Jaya and father, Hasu Hasu. Like all marsupials, female tree kangaroos carry and nurse their young in their pouch.

She was born to mother Jaya and father Hasu Hasu last summer but the joey has only recently ventured from her pouch to explore her surroundings.

Zoo curator Andrew Hope said: “When the joey is first born it is the size of a jelly bean and remains in the pouch for eight to ten months so Belfast Zoo staff were unable to determine the sex of the joey immediately. When we started to see the joey peak out of her pouch, we began to affectionately refer to her as ‘wee spud’.

“We named her Kau Kau, a Papua New Guinea word for ‘sweet potato’ which happens to be our tree kangaroo’s favourite food.”