Orphaned Baby Kangaroo Thinks Cop Is Its Mom, Hops Into His 'Pouch'

Awwwww!

03/11/2016 08:33 am ET
  • Lee Moran Trends Editor, The Huffington Post

This baby kangaroo just wanted to snuggle up inside its mom's pouch.

But after a truck hit and killed its mother in Western Australia, it found the next best thing.

Video posted online shows the orphaned joey hopping head-first inside a police officer's t-shirt and cuddling up. It's adorable:

The 4-month-old animal was pulled from its dead mom's pouch and handed to cops in the tiny town of Cue, 385 miles northeast of Perth, on Wednesday morning.

Constable Scott Mason, who's just become a father himself, is looking after the 'roo. He revealed in the footage posted to Facebook on Friday that local residents had voted to call the cute marsupial Cujoe.

"Because it needs to be fed every three hours, it's going to be my little child basically, as my wife's in Perth with our newborn," Mason told Perth Now.

The former paramedic, who moved to Cue six weeks ago, had previously said that he would name the joey after his son, but that his "missus wasn't too happy about that." He wants to set up a wildlife rescue center one day in the town, which has a population of less than 300.

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