Detroit Zoo in search of missing 5-month-old wallaby

Kalea Hall
The Detroit News

 A baby wallaby at the Detroit Zoo, just introduced to the public on Friday, has gone missing, zoo officials said Sunday. 

The 5-month-old joey was last seen by animal care staff at about 5 p.m. Saturday and was discovered missing from the zoo's Australian Outback Adventure habitat early Sunday.

The Detroit Zoo on Sunday said a 5-month-old wallaby had gone missing.

"Zoo staff is carefully examining the habitat and areas around it while also reviewing trail cameras and surveillance cameras all over the zoo," a Facebook post said.

The zoo said it was unlikely a joey of his age would survive an "extended amount of time away from the mother."

In a Friday post, the zoo announced its 4-year-old red-necked wallaby, Sprocket, gave birth for the first time to the now-missing baby. 

A missing 5-month-old wallaby was last seen at 5 p.m. Saturday, Detroit Zoo officials said. The zoo alerted the public to the missing joey on Sunday.

The Australian exhibit has 11 kangaroos and three red-necked wallabies, according to the zoo's website. Guests walk along a winding path, getting face-to-face with the animals as they move around throughout the habitat. 

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