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Just like us, the Cincinnati Zoo's new baby wallaby will spend the next few months inside

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Posted at 4:35 PM, Apr 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-12 16:35:48-04

The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden welcomed a new baby in April, but even if the city weren’t quarantined, you wouldn’t be able to meet it for a while.

Mother wallaby Ava has given birth to a joey, according to a Facebook post from the zoo. The accompanying video shows the baby — still pink, hairless and seemingly upside-down — inside Ava's pouch.

Because wallabies are marsupials like their cousins, the kangaroos, the newborn will live in its mother’s pouch for up to nine months as it finishes developing. When it has fur, fully formed senses and the confidence to venture out, it will begin to explore the world on its own.

No pressure, joey. We’re all stuck inside right now.