The coronavirus pandemic hasn’t been enough to deter one baby bilby from choosing the eve of the Easter long weekend to emerge from its mother’s pouch.
This might be an Easter like no other, overshadowed by the coronavirus pandemic and its resulting restrictions.
But the doom and gloom hasn't been enough to deter one baby bilby from choosing the eve of the Easter long weekend to emerge from its mother's pouch.
The Ipswich Nature Centre has released a short clip of the youngster following his mum around their enclosure.
The yet-to-be-named male bilby was born in January and staff first saw him in the pouch when he was still the size of a jelly bean.
"He has been growing each week and has finally emerged from his mother's pouch," senior zoologist Nicole Richards said.
The baby is staying close to his mum, Tanami, occasionally venturing off to explore his new surrounds.
He will continue to suckle milk from the pouch until he is fully weaned when 13 to 15 weeks of age.
"He has perfect timing emerging from the pouch right before Easter as we would like to encourage the community to celebrate our native bilby at Easter time," senior zoologist Nicole Richards said.
The public is also being encouraged to pick a name for the bilby.
"Visitors may not be able to come in and see him for themselves at the moment, so we thought we could still involve our visitors by giving them the opportunity to name this little one," Ms Richards said.
"You can suggest a name for him on the Ipswich City Council's Facebook page, there will be a special post on Friday, 10 April at 6pm asking for the community to write a name in the comments."
With many restrictions coming into full effect from tomorrow, check out our list of ways you can still celebrate Easter at home.
Among the options is the Taronga Zoo's animal enclosure livestreams.
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/australian-native-animal-bilby-birth-on-easter-long-weekend-amid-covid-19-restrictions/6c1a06f6-9bcb-4e55-b7a6-cf1cf02676bd