This wallaby joey is at the very cute spindly-legged, big-eyed stage. It is only starting to spend time out of Mum’s pouch — and that’s a nervous time.
It’s learning to care for itself, like de-fleaing and scratching in awkward places.
But the minute something new occcurs, so does panic, and it’s a headfirst scramble to get back into the safety of the pouch. This one even managed to fits its long legs in, but not the tail.
Took a few seconds for it to get up the nerve to wriggle around and present its little face instead of its tail. From this position it can face the outside world again, not quite as independent as it had thought.