Bennetts Wallabies live in groups called mobs. They spend much of the day grazing and sunning. They also enjoy the rain, my girls will even sit out in thunder storms. They are a very clean animal with no odor and I have never known of anyone ever developing an allergy to being around a kangaroo or wallaby. They will spend time grooming themselves throughout the day. Wallabies are very gentle by nature, and if handled properly will be very social with those who care for them. The young joeys bond very quickly with their caretakers. You never want to be harsh or loud with a wallaby this will Frighten it and may harm your bond with them. Once upset with you they may not forgive very readily, it will take time to earn the trust back again.
They are a very quiet animal making few sounds. When babies are frightened they will make a chirping sound until they feel safe and secure again. If angry or upset will make a hissing sound. I have had one of my girls make a sort of light barking/cough sound when taking to me. They use their head a lot in communication. I have learned the various head bobs and what they may want. They greet by bobbing the head and raising the nose to the one they are greeting and may lean slightly forward as they greet. As you live with your roos you will learn each ones personal body language. They all have their own distinct personality.
One interesting note here, I can see a difference in the behavior at times from my one girl who was an import from New Zealand as a young adult. She still has her instinctive wild behaviors to some degree, even though she has been with me nearly four years now and is basically tame. She does not always have the same trust and personal security that my domestic bottle raised roos have. She has done especially well to have adapted to us and other animals which she has shared her yard with in the past. Her joeys have been very good natured being handled early on and socialized from day one out of her pouch. I have seen first hand more than once the difference in having a domestic bred roo and a wild caught one. When I did animal education programs an older wild joey even though was put the bottle did not handle the situation as well typically as one which was domestic bred and on the bottle. If you work with one from the wild, no matter what the age you can have a pet you can interact with and learn to be social but they may have much more narrow boundaries to work within. Look under the topic "Bonding" with your roos to learn more on interacting and working with joeys as well as adults who may not be tame.
Wallabies will keep a safety zone between them and strangers unless extremely social. If they feel threatened or frightened they will go to a hiding place. One of my girls will greet anyone who comes into her yard. Much of the time once they feel safe with the new intruder they will come to check them out and accept interaction and if a treat is offered they will of course graciously accept it. A lot has to do with how much they were socialized from a young age to the world around them and a variety of new people. The more you take a young joey out with you the more social and secure it will be as an adult.
There is a hierarchy among the females. It is a non-aggressive behavior; move over and get out of my way. The males tend to be more aggressive to one another if not neutered, they may grab and box with front hands and kick with their back legs at each other. If two males are intact and in the same area with females they can be very aggressive and one could end up hurt seriously, generally after a while one hops away.
When a new joey is introduced to the mob it may be met with opposition. The others will run it away or even harm it. You need to take time to help the new joey become part of the mob social structure. I will cover more on this under bonding with Roos.
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