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Meet a tiny survivor of a wildfire in Australia last February. The 4-month-old joey, or baby kangaroo, is named Blue Gum. He was rescued by a passerby and taken to Wild Haven, a wildlife center.

Kangaroos are marsupials. They're about the size of a jellybean when born! They finish growing inside a pouch on their mother's belly. Blue Gum's mom didn't survive the fire. The shelter keeps him and other orphaned joeys snug inside cloth pouches.

"The joeys stay in the pouches most of the day," says Stella Reid, who works at Wild Haven. "As they get older, they come out and play and stretch their legs."

Blue Gum is expected to make a full recovery. He'll stay at the center for two years before he's released back into the wild.

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Title Annotation:LIFE SCIENCE; baby kangaroo rescues in Australia
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:8AUST
Date:Oct 1, 2013
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