Rare marsupial born in Chicago

After living in its mother's pouch for more than three months, an endangered brush-tailed bettong joey at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago finally emerged on June 5, 2008 . This tiny marsupial which only weighs 2 or 3 pounds when fully grown is native to Southwestern Australia. This rare species was nearly extinct in the wild by the early 1900s due to predation by introduced animals like cats, rats and foxes. Fortunately, managed breeding programs and recovery efforts are underway to ensure species survival. (UPI Photo/Greg Neise/Lincoln Park Zoo)

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