Marsupials are characterized by the distinctive pouch (called the marsupium) in which females carry their young through early infancy.
Marsupials include “any of various nonplacental mammals of the order Marsupialia, including kangaroos, opossums, bandicoots, and wombats, found principally in Australia and the Americas.” Since marsupial young are naturally born underdeveloped, they move purely by instinct. For example, the baby joey (the term for all marsupial young) makes its way to the mother’s pouch. There the young joey latches onto a teat and remains there to continue its growth and development, until it is ready to manage on its own.
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