A Hopping Good Time: Fostered Kangaroo Joey Play Fights With Toy

A baby kangaroo showed off its boxing skills last November in suburban Sydney, when its fosterers tied a toy to a tree for its entertainment.

Hope Steman, who filmed the video, looked after the joey with her family for three months.

“We noticed it was starting to get its fighting instinct while it was having out-of-pouch time in the yard, so we tied a stuffed elephant to a branch and it didn’t take the joey long to start attacking the toy,” Steman said.

In the wild, kangaroos use their fighting skills to defend against predators or, for the males, to spar with mating rivals. Credit: Hope Steman via Storyful