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Rainy days are the best time for seeing kangaroos and wallabys, although I did see a couple at dusk as well.
I was amazed at the relative size of the joeys that would leap headfirst into their mother's pouch. They were so big that they couldn't even get their legs inside. At first, They reminded me of parents pushing children that are at least 4-5 years old around in strollers...and primary school children being pushed around in shopping carts.
Then I discovered there is a practical reason for this indulgence in the wallaby mom; as long as there is a joey in the pouch, an already fertilized embryo doesn't start to develop.
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Theme of the Month (2011/11/15)
Excellent shot from your archives.
Kath for TMT
This is an great shot of the mom and joey as they make eye contact with you. It looks like a flash went off considering the catchlight in her eyes.
Current discussion:plimrn wrote in 2011/11/15 14:19:46: Thank you for your comments, Phil. I don't think there was a flash; I'm not even sure if the camera HAD a flash.
first I was just taken in by the cuteness of the shot, but reading your informative note, it also brought up some particular thoughts and memories.
The photo is wonderful. That wallaby and the joey look like they're posing just for you! And in the b/g, there are a whole bunch seeming to be having lots of fun. What a wonderful feeling you captured here!
Ah, the benefits of mother's milk. Recently, there has been a lot of discussions regarding the serious threat that measles pose to both children and adults. The public health sector is trying to raise awareness and encourage more people to vaccinate their children. But a measles vaccine can't be given before the baby is 10 months old (at least that's the law in Germany) and the disease is most dangerous when the baby gets it before that age. Seems like a risky situation... BUT... if the mother carries the measles antibodies, she can pass them on by breastfeeding. Even if she only breastfeeds for a few weeks, the baby will have the antibodies for the first year. Amazing, isn't it, how nature has it all figured out?
Great post, my friend! Hugs,
Current discussion:plimrn wrote in 2011/11/15 19:05:28: Hi Linda,
Yes it is wonderful, and breast feeding is Sooo efficient. I was in my first year of a nursing program when my son was born...no boiling and packing refrigerated bottles, you don't even have to wake up completely for a night feeding.
Thank you for your comments,
Very good capture presenting the mom and its cute baby. I like the eyes contact with you!
Current discussion:plimrn wrote in 2011/11/17 14:34:55: Thank you.
So cute to learn she indulges her babies in the heat of her pouch.
Also itīs noticeable there is a lot of happy activity behind her.
Excellent informative note.
I myself breast fed my youngest until he was 3 years old and itīs amazing: he hardly ever gets a cold and only once a sore throat (thanks god!).
Excellent content and discussion.
Current discussion:Isabelle wrote in 2011/11/20 03:39:21: Hi, Pat!
Sorry for not replying before. I could not write.
I have 3 "kids", 1 girl, 2 boys. The first two gave me 4 grandkids, 1 girl, 3 boyz :)
Enjoy your sunday!
Hugs from São Paulo.
plimrn wrote in 2011/11/17 14:36:16: Ola Isabelle,
Thank you for your comments. Your son is a good looking fellow. How many children do you have?