Orphaned baby wallaby lives in a rucksack

May 1, 2012 at 6:19 PM ET

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Tilly relaxes inside a rucksack at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo in Dunstable, England.

When Tilly the wallaby became an orphan, zookeepers at the ZSL Whipsnade Zoo in England had to get creative.

According to Getty, the baby marsupial was discovered outside her mother’s pouch in March, unable to care for herself. To replace the pouch Tilly would normally reside in, keepers created a substitute out of a rucksack and a blanket.

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Zoo keeper Jo Shirley wears a rucksack containing Tilly, an orphaned baby wallaby, who was found out of her mother's pouch.
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Tilly's rucksack and blanket act as a substitute marsupium for the baby wallaby.

Now Tilly is hand-reared by zookeepers including Jo Shirley, who often feeds and carries the young wallaby around in the rucksack where she will remain until she can become more self-sufficient. 

It might not be a familiar form of travel for Tilly, but at least she looks like she's having a good time!

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Zookeeper Jo Shirley feeds Tilly with milk at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo on April 30.
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Along for the ride: Tilly peers out of her makeshift marsupium on zookeeper Jo Shirley's back.
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On the go: Tilly the wallaby is transported in style.



TODAY.com producer Lisa Granshaw thinks carrying around a wallaby in a rucksack would be a fun way to spend a day.