Baby kangaroos may become orphaned due to environmental factors, such as brush fires, or human impact, including hunting. According to the Australian Society for Kangaroos, these marsupials are the victims of the largest land-based wildlife slaughter in the world. Every year the commercial kangaroo industry kills millions of kangaroos for their meat and skins. They are then sold to Australian and international companies to be turned into pet food, footwear, leather accessories, and kangaroo steaks, burgers, and sausages. When a mother kangaroo is shot by commercial shooters, her joeys are left to die as orphans from starvation, dehydration, stress, or predation.
That’s where places such as The Kangaroo Sanctuary in Alice Springs, Australia, step in to give orphan kangaroos the care and love they need in order to be returned to the wild. In this video posted by the Sanctuary, these two orphaned joeys can’t help but smother their caretaker with kisses. They are just loving being held and cuddled, being given as much care as a human can give as a substitute for their mother.
The Kangaroo Sanctuary is currently running a fundraising campaign to build central Australia’s first wildlife hospital. You can help by making a donation here.