Orphaned baby kangaroo comes back home to hug his teddy bear after release into the wild

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An orphaned baby kangaroo returns home to cuddle his teddy bear after being released into the wild. Source: Tim Beshara

These heartwarming images of an orphaned baby kangaroo cuddling a teddy bear are the cutest thing you’ll see today.

Australian wildlife rehabilitator Gillian Abbot rescued the orphaned baby kangaroo when it was merely two months old.

The poor little thing was in a terrible shape.

“He may have fallen out of his mother’s pouch or his mother may have died.

He was a couple of months old when he was passed onto my mother’s wildlife company WIRES,” Abbot’s son, Tim Beshara, explained.

Abbot – a licensed wildlife rehabilitator in New South Wales and a member of the rescue organization WIRES – named the baby kangaroo Doodlebug.

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Doodlebug, pictured with his teddy bear on Gillian Abbot’s property, in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales – Source: Tim Beshara

Since all the orphaned animals she had previously taken care of responded very well to teddy bears that she hung around the yard, Abbot gave Doodlebug his own stuffed pal. It was love at first cuddle!

“They seem to respond to the toys much in the same way as a toddler. They treat it as a companion,” Beshara said.

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The orphaned baby kangaroo cuddling up to his teddy bear – Source: Tim Beshara

Now that Doodlebug was nursed back to health and is almost fully grown, he was released into the wild.

Whenever Doodlebug gets homesick, his teddy bear is patiently waiting for him in Abott’s yard, along with a bowl of food.

The young kangaroo knows he’s always welcome back. Every once in a little while, he drops in for a quick cuddle and a delicious treat.

“He is now hopping around the forest and coming back for the occasional feeding or cuddle, as the images show,” Tim Beshara added.

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