AUGUST 19th The joey came out of pouch!
AUGUST 20 After mom and dad were out eating dinner, I took the joey out of the nesting pouch. I left the cage door open and made sure mom and dad saw what I was doing. I kept my hand and body close to the cage so they could jump right on me if they wanted to. The joey is FAST, strong and loud for such a little guy!!! I held it for only a few seconds, as it seems very scared and cried for mom and dad. It seemed to blindly try to escape and cry the entire time. I put joey back in the pouch and them mom came and investigated my hand and arm... her and dad went back to eating and after a minute dad went to check on the joey.
AUGUST 21 I took mom, dad and joey out of the cage while still inside the nesting pouch today. Put the pouch on my lap (got the camera ready), and gave mom and dad a meal worm to stay busy with while I scooped up little joey out from under her. She didn't mind, but the joey did! It was trying to get away, it was scared and cried for mom. As soon as mom was done with the meal worm she came out of the pouch and picked up the joey and took him back to the pouch.
AUGUST 22 It's a girl! I took the little family out just as I did above, this time with avocado bits to offer the new parents. They let me scoop up the joey again and the joey didn't try to get away so urgently this time, nor did it cry out for mom lie it did :-) Wow! That's fast progress! (Either that, or a tired joey. lol)
I'll do the same tomorrow both in the afternoon and just before dinner. I'm not spending the entire 1 minute per day with the joey as is instructed - but the poor little thing seemed so afraid at first, I couldn't do that - and it seems to be catching on that no harm will come to her - she is not as afraid.