Koala Joey Steps Out of Mom's Pouch

Well, good day, mate!

There’s a fresh face at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Australia, where koala mom Lilli Pilli’s joey recently started emerging from the comfort of his mom’s pouch.

What’s lured him out? Well, he’s been known to come down from the treetops to munch on fresh leaves on the platform below.

At about 6 months old, the baby still spends plenty of time clinging to Lilli Pilli’s front or back. Koalas become independent when they’re about a year old.

Zoo officials say experienced mom Lilli Pilli is doing a great job, and can be heard vocalizing to protect her baby from dad Jarrah.