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Your morning adorable: Rescued wallaby joey takes her first hops

September 29, 2010 | 12:01 pm

In much the same way that many people videotape their children's first steps, YouTube user wildlifeencounters1 captured agile wallaby joey Chai's very first hops. We're so glad this moment was shared with the Internet at large, because it's one of the cutest things we've seen all year!

Chai and another, unrelated wallaby joey named Mocha "came into our care as a result of two separate road accidents," wildlifeencounters1 explains. As of late last month, little Chai had grown strong enough to take her next steps on the road to returning to the wild. She moved to a "soft release" enclosure in the town of Mount Molloy in the Australian state of Queensland, where a wildlife rehabilitator would teach her the skills necessary to live in the wild.

Chai's current home is "an amazing property (complete with freshwater streams, rainforest, bushland and dams) situated between two national parks," wildlifeencounters1 writes. "It is a veritable Garden of Eden for macropods." Good luck, little Chai!

Your morning adorable: Red-necked wallaby joey peeks out of mom's pouch
Your morning adorable: Rescued kangaroo joey kneads his paws while enjoying a bottle

-- Lindsay Barnett

Video: wildlifeencounters1 via YouTube

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