Western Grey Kangaroo (Macropus fuliginosus)
A Zookeeper at Dubbo first started hand-raising Cobar until she was transferred to Taronga Zoo when a Veterinary Nurse took over caring for her. The carer would take Cobar home each night and during the day she lived in the Australian Mammal Division Office. Cobar was provided with a pouch bag lined with blankets which acted as a substitute for Cobar's natural mother's pouch. Every four hours, the carer bottle fed Cobar with a special milk for kangaroos. However, the parenting duties did not stop there. Kangaroos lick their baby's bottom to stimulate them to go to the toilet, so her carer had to regularly rub Cobar's bottom with a moist cotton ball to toilet her. She did this just before each bottle of milk feed.
Cobar was a pleasant joey who was very easy to hand-raise. She is also very affectionate and loves attention and still lives at the Education Centre of Taronga Zoo.