Orphaned baby kangaroo gets to practice first hops on his own

When baby kangaroos are orphaned, they aren’t exactly all that easy to take care of.

Luckily for the adorable marsupials found and rescued by Chris “Brolga” Barns at The Kangaroo Sanctuary in Alice Springs, part of Australia’s Northern Territory, their hero is more than willing to put in the extra effort to make sure they grow up happy and well-adjusted. Just ask his family’s newest rescue project, Bradley—who recently began hopping after an incredibly labor-intensive time spent with Barns following his rescue.

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The joey was found by the 44-year-old Barns after his mother had been hit by a car, leaving the infant stranded on its own.

Once brought home and given medical attention, though, the precious little friend—given the name Bradley—was kept in a man-made pouch that Barns himself wore, getting the snug, comfortable feeling it would have had the mother lived on.

Now, Bradley is getting ready to hop around everywhere on his own. And thanks to some quick, adorable filmwork, you can witness the incredibly adorable moment for yourself!

According to Barns’s wife, Tahnee Passmore-Barns, Bradley is given time to jump around their family home for a few minutes each day.

Before long, he’s going to be too big to take care of safely, but for now it’s hard not to feel your heart melt when you witness something like this!

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