Friendship
Little boy and rescued baby kangaroo are inseparable
The way this little boy takes care of his kangaroo buddy is just so sweet.
D.G. Sciortino
07.08.22

Huddy was a shy boy and not big on his mom’s animal rescue endeavors.

Huddy’s mom Prue has been rescuing animals for 20 years.

All of her four children grew up with sick, injured, or homeless animals coming in and out of their home, but Huddy never really took to it.

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“Huddy was frightened of everything. He was absolutely petrified of the bird. We had a possum come in and he was really hesitant,” Huddy’s mom Prue told The Dodo.

But that all changed when a little kangaroo named Garry came into their lives.

Prue got a call from a wildlife group about a kangaroo who fell out of his mom’s pouch and got hit by a car.

The joey, which is another name for a baby kangaroo, was pretty badly scraped up when Prue found him and took him home.

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The Dodo - YouTube

Huddy had no fear or hesitation when he came to caring for Garry. He just stayed close to the little kangaroo as the two just stared at each other curiously when first meeting.

Huddy immediately stepped up to help bottle feed and clean Garry or console him saying “It’s alright, baby.”

“It melts my heart,” said Prue. “I think because he was so sick and injured, Huddy wanted to hold him and then he wanted to cuddle him.”

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Huddy and Garry are now inseparable.

“It’s always Huddy and Garry all the time. If we’re outside and I’m taking them for their morning hop, these two are always together,” Prue said.

The little boy now refers to the little joey as his “best friend.”

“He’s my boy,” said Huddy.

Garry began to get really attached to Huddy and would only really eat well when Huddy was close by.

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The Dodo - YouTube

Not only did Huddy help Garry to grow strong, but Garry did the same for Huddy.

Prue says that Huddy was a shy boy and wasn’t very social.

“No one could see how beautiful and funny he was. He’s really come out of his shell since he’s had Garry,” Prue said.

Now Huddy will walk right up to people and tell them all about his buddy Garry.

“He’s given Huddy confidence. They both found something that they were missing that I couldn’t give them. They just absolutely love each other,” said Prue.

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Huddy did such a good job raising Garry that eventually, Garry was strong enough to go back out into the wild on his own. According to Discover Wildlife, a joey will be able to leave mom’s pouch for short periods at about six months.

They’ll come back when they need to eat and leave the pouch for good at about eight months.

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The Dodo - YouTube

That’s the age Garry was when he was released back into the wild. Thanks to Garry, Huddy loves animal rescue now and will be able to help a lot more animals. But Garry will always have a special place in Huddy’s heart.

“I think he’ll cherish this forever. Even when he has his own kids. He’ll talk about when he was a young little boy,” said Prue.

See Huddy and Garry’s relationship in action in the video below.

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By D.G. Sciortino
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D.G. is a contributing writer in Shareably. She's based in Connecticut and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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