Mako the kangaroo got extra attention on his 12th birthday last week at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo. According to zoo keeper, Marian Powers, "He was more than willing to share his birthday treat" with the other 23 eastern grey kangaroos at the zoo.
But Mako is rather used to the attention. He is the only adult male kangaroo in the mob. (A group of kangaroos is a mob--another new word to add to your science vocabulary.) He is the father of 12 joeys. A joey is a baby kangaroo.
The proud daddy's birthday cake was a tasty treat of willow and ash branches sprinkled with cottonwood and grape leaves.
Always a crowd favorite, Mako stretched out and gave himself a good belly scratch while the female 'roos and the joeys devoured the delicious, leafy birthday cake.
Kangaroos are indigenous to Australia and children love them. In honor of Mako's birthday, here's a list of books and films that feature the adorable and lovable kangaroo. Consider including these fascinating creatures in a unit study on marsupials!