Baby wallaby missing from Detroit Zoo

Staff is searching property, reviewing camera footage

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"We are reviewing every potential scenario and remain hopeful this joey will be found unharmed," Detroit Zoo stated on Facebook.

"We are reviewing every potential scenario and remain hopeful this joey will be found unharmed," Detroit Zoo stated on Facebook.

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A 5-month-old wallaby has gone missing at the Detroit Zoo.

The Detroit Zoo shared the news on its Facebook page Sunday, explaining staff members are "heartbroken" as it is unlikely that the young wallaby can survive an extended amount of time away from the mother.

In the post, the zoo revealed that the wallaby joey was last seen by staff on Saturday around 5 p.m. at the Australian Outback Adventure habitat before the animal went missing on Sunday morning. The two-acre habitat, home to 11 kangaroos and three wallabies, and areas around it are being carefully examined by zoo staff.

Staff members are also reviewing trail cameras and surveillance cameras all over the zoo. 

In an update posted to Facebook Monday, the zoo stated there has been no movement in the case.

"There are native predators such as owls and hawks who live near the zoo. At this time, we believe it is likely one of these aerial predators was involved," the post read.

A 5-month-old wallaby has gone missing at the Detroit Zoo.

A 5-month-old wallaby has gone missing at the Detroit Zoo.

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"We know how invested so many of you are and will continue to keep you informed."

The zoo announced its 4-year-old red-necked wallaby named Sprocket gave birth to her first joey on its Facebook page Friday.

"The little one, estimated to be between 5 and 6 months old, is just starting to leave mom’s pouch for seconds at a time!" Detroit Zoo stated in the post. "Wallaby joeys can stay in their mothers' pouches up to eight months after gestation."

The zoo announced its 4-year-old red-necked wallaby named Sprocket gave birth to her first joey on its Facebook page Friday.

The zoo announced its 4-year-old red-necked wallaby named Sprocket gave birth to her first joey on its Facebook page Friday.

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Zoo goers were thrilled to see pictures of the baby, with people commenting possible name suggestions on the post before it went missing.

Along with Sprocket and her missing joey, the zoo is also home to two other red-necked wallabies, a female named Eloise and her joey named Bucky, who was born last spring.