A baby Parma wallaby recently started poking out its head from the pouch of its mother at Happy Hollow zoo in San Jose.

Happy Hollow Park and Zoo

Get A Peek Of A Baby Wallaby At San Jose Zoo

KCBS Radio Afternoon News
August 16, 2018 - 11:47 am

SAN JOSE (KCBS Radio) — A rare baby Parma wallaby recently made its first appearance by poking its head from its mother's pouch at Happy Hollow Park and Zoo in San Jose. 

The joey was likely born in February, zoo officials said. But it was the size of a jellybean and immediately crawled into its mother's pouch to feed and grow for months. 

Only recently did it start peeking out. 

"So, we saw legs sticking out one day. We saw a head. We saw a tail. We haven't seen the entire animal yet," said Happy Hollow Zoo Manager Kevin Hertell. Its gender won't be known until the joey fully emerges from the pouch. 

Wallabies are related to kangaroos. The smallest animal in the genus Macropus, Parma wallabies reach a weight of seven to 12 pounds and stand 18 to 20 inches tall. 

The species native to Australia were thought to be extinct before a population was discovered on an island near New Zealand in 1967, according to the zoo. The US Department of Fish and Wildlife declared them an endagered species in 1970. 

Happy Hollow has a special role to play in protecting Parma wallabies. 

"We are one of the zoos selected to breed these animals so we can make sure the species stays alive," said Hertell.