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Baby wallaby born in central Japan park given portmanteau moniker

Hamachi the baby wallaby is seen poking its head out of its mother Happy's pouch at Rakujyuen park in Mishima, Shizuoka Prefecture, on Feb. 10, 2020. (Mainichi/Hiroshi Ishikawa)
Hamachi the baby wallaby is seen poking its head out of its mother Happy's pouch at Rakujyuen park in Mishima, Shizuoka Prefecture, on Feb. 10, 2020. (Mainichi/Hiroshi Ishikawa)

MISHIMA, Shizuoka -- A baby Bennett's wallaby has been born at a municipal park in this central Japan city.

    The baby marsupial is the first born to father Maro and mother Happy, and was named Hamachi using the first two letters of each parent's name. Staff at Rakujyuen park in Mishima, Shizuoka Prefecture, spotted the baby poking its head out of Happy's pouch on Nov. 9, 2020 and decided to make the date Hamachi's birthday.

    Hamachi can usually be seen poking its head out of Happy's pouch and at times getting out to play. According to Rakujyuen, the baby will only stay in the pouch for another month. As Hamachi mostly stays inside its mother's pocket, its sex and weight are unknown.

    Wallabies are native to Australia and belong to the same family as kangaroos, but are smaller. Bennett's wallabies are relatively large compared to other wallaby species, and are also called red-necked wallabies due to the color of the fur around their neck and shoulders.

    (Japanese original by Hiroshi Ishikawa, Numazu Bureau)

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