27 Apr 2016 13:59:46
Dot and Matilda turn 1!
Today, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo threw the animal birthday party of the century for its youngest kangaroo duo - Dot and Matilda - complete with a three-tiered cake, animal-friendly party games and lavish decorations.
Kicking off the birthday festivities in the Darling Harbour attraction's Kangaroo Walk-About exhibit, Dot and Matilda showed their inquisitive natures as they explored their new surroundings, squabbled over who got first bite of the birthday cake and enjoyed a cuddle with WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo keepers.
Using their tiny paws to savour the array of Australian native flowers sprinkled over all three tiers of the ice cake, the fluffy pair also enjoyed some quality digging time in their new enrichment boxes, which were specially made for the occasion.
After being orphaned in the wild at a young age, Dot and Matilda were rescued and brought to WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, where keepers provided 24/7 care for the adorable duo until they were old enough to graduate to the attraction's Kangaroo Walk-About exhibit.
Known for their curious natures and penchant for native flora including Banksias and Bottlebrushes, today's celebrations formed part of WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo's dedicated kangaroo enrichment program, where keepers use objects and activities to stimulate natural behaviour.
Following the birthday feast, Dot and Matilda were safely bundled up in their favourite pouches and weighed by WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo's keepers to track their development over the last 12 months, weighing in at 11.35 kilograms and 11 kilograms respectively.
Want to meet Dot and Matilda? Every day at 4pm, guests to the Darling Harbour attraction are able to meet them in person, as part of WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo's unique Aussie Animal Adventure show.