White Wallaby Female with brown Joey

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White Wallaby Female with brown Joey

Thought I would share these - White Wallaby with Brown Joey. Both mother and baby are Bennetts Wallabies. This one was at a caravan park where we used to have an onsite van, and she would come to "show off" her baby almost every day.

Bruny Island (south of Hobart Tasmania) has about 100 or so wild White Bennetts Wallabies, there numbers are in decline, because just like this lady, they inter breed with the Brown or Grey (more traditional colours). Their main habitat is now a National Park, but they frequently are seen outside the park.

They are not albino, apparently just a few genes different. There are other small colonies around the world - either private collections or as in France, some that were originally a collection, but now roam free.

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Holly
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Wow she is gorgeous!

 

Araminta
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Oh, yes she is beautiful. So, will the young stay dark, or will it turn white?  (I know with grey horses, their foals are born dark but will turn grey when they grow up) Do you know?

M-L

dwatsonbb
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The mixed colours will stay lighter than the father, but not white. I have seen this occur over about 7-8 years, and now see pure white, pure grey, and some brownish grey. If 2 whites breed they will always be white, if a white and a half white breed, they can end up either, depending on the dominant gene, usually grey or brown though.

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

Araminta
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Thanks Dale, our teachers spent weeks of explaining genetics to us (50 years agowink), you spend 5 minutes and yeeha. I get it. Thanks.

But why are foals of the almost white wild Camargue horses black when they are born and then turn white?

That brings me to the next question. You said there are White  Wallabies somewhere in France, ( I think I heard about them when I was in the South of France), do you know where?  Could we re-introduce them into Tasmania ??

M-L

dwatsonbb
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Forest of Rambouillet near Emance, they escaped about 30 years ago during a storm, mostly Grey, but white have been seen.

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

margaret
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that's gorgeous

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