Endangered tree-kangaroo has hoppy 17th birthday

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An endangered tree-kangaroo has celebrated her 17th birthday.

Kimbe the Goodfellow's tree kangaroo, a resident at the Australian Reptile Park, is believed to be the eldest captive Goodfellow's tree kangaroo living in Australia.

The cute critter, who arrived at the park in April 2019, is adored by all the visitors of the Reptile Park, especially those who participate in an up-close animal encounter where they get to feed the friendly tree-dwelling marsupial.

To celebrate the special occasion, keepers showered Kimbe in love and hand-delivered a carefully constructed avocado on "toast" which was made from pumpkin. Keepers will often give Kimbe avocado as a special treat every now and then, sometimes deliberately putting it at the bottom of her meal. She will dig to the bottom and find the avocado immediately each time.

Australian Reptile Park Director Tim Faulkner said, "We're so excited to see Kimbe is thriving here at the park and is happily celebrating her 17th birthday. Sadly, Goodfellow's tree kangaroos are endangered and need all the help they can get."

In captivity, it is estimated that Goodfellow's tree kangaroos will live up to 14 years old, so the Australian Reptile Park is delighted to see the golden oldie celebrating another birthday and showing no signs of slowing down any time soon! Recent health checks found that she is extremely healthy for her age.