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A kangaroo "joey" has a long way to go before it gets to the cute stage. It begins as a tiny, fragile, hairless newborn in its mother's pouch. Photos: Mother and joey, <a href="https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2215/2179798100_85f711ebfc_o_d.jpg">Subhash Chandra</a>; Newborn joey in pouch: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Joey_in_pouch.jpg">Geoff Shaw</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A kangaroo "joey" has a long way to go before it gets to the cute stage. It begins as a tiny, fragile, hairless newborn in its mother's pouch. Photos: Mother and joey, Subhash Chandra; Newborn joey in pouch: Geoff Shaw, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

The early life of kangaroos

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Kangaroos are marsupials, mammals who have a protective pouch in which they raise their young until they are developed enough to endure conditions in the outside world. What most people might not know is that the birth of kangaroos in a pouch is in some ways more complex than the birth and development of other mammals.

Martha Foley talks with Dr. Curt Stager about kangaroos and their young, known as joeys.

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