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Kangaroo Joeys Become Best Friends at the Australian Reptile Park

Posted By : The Animal Facts Editorial Team

Date: April 6, 2021 12:05 pm

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Tim Tam and Frankie the kangaroo joeys at the Australian Reptile Park

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Tim Tam and Frankie a pair of kangaroo joeys have become best friends at the Australian Reptile Park. The pair are both viral superstars who have racked up plenty of views on the park's social media channels.

The pair had very different starts to life but have become inseparable since moving in to the park's main kangaroo yard.

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Frankie the kangaroo joey wearing her specially made socks at the Australian Reptile Park

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Frankie became know the world over for her fashion sense. Keepers had to fit her with special socks after she developed various skin conditions.

Luckily she has since made a full recovery and she has begun to join the kangaroo family in the free-range paddock at the Australian Reptile Park. Tim Tam has shown Frankie the ropes as she starts to spend a few hours each day with the kangaroo mob.

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In the free-range paddock Frankie has met Tim Tam who was already growing up there. The pair have become acquainted and are now inseparable according to keepers. Frankie is a few months older than Tim Tam. Often they bounce together, have a friendly spar and share lunch.

Head of Mammals Dean Reid said of the friendship, “Honestly there is always a bit of anxiety when reintroducing a kangaroo joey back into the ‘mob’. You never know if they’re all suddenly going to fight or cause issues. But thankfully, this couldn’t have gone better. Frankie looks forward to being in the Main Park Area each day, spending time with Tim Tam and meeting guests.”

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One of the kangaroo joeys is bottle-fed by a keeper at the Australian Reptile Park

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Dean continued, “Frankie has been through everything you can imagine, and it makes us all get a bit teary to see her just like all the other kangaroos again, from having skin issues, to suckling on her own feet so much that the only way to stop it was to put special socks on them – it’s been a rollercoaster! We couldn’t be happier to see Frankie bouncing around the Main Park Area alongside Tim Tam, and look forward to seeing their friendship continue to blossom!”

Visitors to the Australian Reptile Park will be able to see Frankie bouncing around the kangaroo yard each day and playing with Tim Tam.

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Tim Tam and Frankie the kangaroo joeys at the Australian Reptile Park

Photo Credit: Australian Reptile Park

Learn more about Kangaroo Island Kangaroos here – Kangaroo Island Kangaroo Fact File | The Animal Facts

Learn more about the Australian Reptile Park on their website – Australian Reptile Park

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