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    A wildlife park in Adelaide, Australia has welcomed a new arrival -- a baby kangaroo.?

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    SV Kangaroo being fed (2 SHOTS)

    SV Bird

    SV AND GV White kangaroo pokes head out of mothers pouch

    GV ZOOM INTO CU Koala with baby

    GV Black swan and geese in park

    SV Koalas being attended to by keeper

    Kangaroos in park, white " joey " in mother's pouch, young koala.

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    Background: A wildlife park in Adelaide, Australia has welcomed a new arrival -- a baby kangaroo. Not so unusual, except that instead of being red like his parents .. this little "Joey" turned out white.

    In Australia, when a red kangaroo mates with another red kangaroo the offspring is usually -- a red kangaroo.

    But very rarely there's a gigantic throwback -- and the result is an albino " joey ".

    Wildlife officers at Cleland National Park in Adelaide, South Australia, are jumping for joy over the discovery that their red kangaroo population now boasts a healthy young white "joey."
    He's eight months old and is only starting to take an interest in the outside world. It's only recently that the proud parents have come out of the bushland to show him off to the outside world.

    White kangaroos rarely survive for long in captivity. The reasons aren't clear -- but wildlife officers believed on factor is that visitors pay them a lot more attention than they do the other " run of the mill" kangaroos. They tend to prod and poke the albino and generally annoy him until he dies at an early age of harassment.

    The future of the Cleland "joey" however promises to be brighter. Park officers plan to transfer mother and baby to a special enclosure where they'll be on public view -- but out of reach of the curious tourist.

    The " joey " will have company. A fragile baby koala will also be kept at a safe distance. Only a few months old, he prefers the safety of his mother's pouch -- but in another few weeks he'll grow more confident and be transported by his mother piggy-back style.

    SYNOPSIS: Albino kangaroos are rare, even in the Australian outback where the kangaroo population is on the increase. So it was an occasion for some celebration when wildlife officers at Adelaide's Cleland National Park discovered this all white joey. He's about eight months old now, but it's only recently that his parents decided to bring him out of the bush and show him off to the outside world. Tucked safely away in his mothers pouch he seemed quite pleased to be the centre of attention and only too happy to pose for photographs. White kangaroos rarely survive for long in captivity. The reasons aren't clear, but one problem maybe the attention they receive from curious park visitors. They tend to prod and poke at Albinos much more than ordinary red kangaroos.

    But that won't be the case with this Joey. He and his mother will have a special inclosure where they'll be on public view, but well out of reach of those curious tourists. And the White Joey won't be short of company..he'll share his new home with another recent arrival -- a baby koala bear.

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