Tim Beshara, an adviser to Greens senator for Tasmania Peter Whish-Wilson, tweeted this adorable picture of an orphaned baby kangaroo hugging a teddy-bear earlier this week, “showing the value of a good hug.”
The eastern grey kangaroo is called Doodlebug, and is being cared for Beshara’s mother Gillian Abbott, in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia.
“They seem to respond to the toys much in the same way as a toddler. They treat it as a companion.”
“He may have fallen out of his mother’s pouch or his mother may have died,” Beshara told the Daily Mail. “He was a couple of months old when he was passed onto my mother’s wildlife company WIRES.
She has since nursed it back to health and it is now hopping around the forest and coming back for the occasional feeding or cuddle, as the image shows.”