Rescued Kangaroo Shows Off the Latest Fashion

Posted By : The Animal Facts Editorial Team

Date: January 7, 2021 4:30 pm

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Frankie the kangaroo joey showing off her socks

Photo Credit: The Australian Reptile Park

Frankie the Kangaroo Island kangaroo rescued by keepers at the Australian Reptile Park has shown off the latest in fashion. While her socks may look fashionable they are part of a plan to ensure that Frankie stops ‘sucking’ on her toes.

The breathable, organic socks are expected to come off in a few weeks once Frankie’s toes have had a chance to heal.

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Frankie the kangaroo joey showing off her socks

Photo Credit: The Australian Reptile Park

Frankie was rescued after her mother Ollie developed mastitis and a pouch infection when she was six months old. Keepers were able to retrieve the joey and provide her with an adoptive mother in mammal keeper, Brooke Barton.

Ollie has since healed following treatment and can be seen happily hopping around the park.

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Frankie the kangaroo joey being bottle fed by her adoptive mother

Photo Credit: The Australian Reptile Park

Frankie settled in well under Brookes care but she did develop a bad habit of sucking on her toes. This caused sore areas and to protect her feet she was fitted with small socks. These mean she can still hop and play just like any other joey.

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New mother Brooke Barton said of Frankie, “She is such a kind, sweet little girl who loves hopping around in her socks! She is healing excellently, and they will be off in no time. Once they’re off, it wont be long until she is reunited with Mum.”


Brooke continued, “Frankie requires 24/7 care in a mock, knitted pouch for warmth and four bottle feeds a day. Once she is big and strong enough, she will be let out and about to run amuck at the Australian Reptile Park in our free-range kangaroo area, where visitors will eventually be able to hand feed her and say hello!”

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Frankie the kangaroo joey showing off her socks

Photo Credit: The Australian Reptile Park

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


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

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