By Hayley Pugh
Roo got a friend in me! These adorable siblings have formed a remarkable friendship with a KANGAROO.
The toddlers, 18-month-old Luke and his sister, three-year-old Alia, both met the marsupial just days after being born and since then have formed a remarkable bond with their unusual pal – playing games, giving hugs and eating together on a daily basis.
The seven-year-old kangaroo, called Boomeroo, is cared for by Luke and Alia’s mum and dad, Julia and Jason Heckathorn.
Julia, 32, from Virginia, USA, adopted Boomeroo when she was just three-weeks-old and the cute kangaroo sees Julia as her mummy.
The doting pet has been a part of family life ever since and was even there when Luke and Alia took their first steps – with Boomeroo hopping alongside them.
Julia said: “She is very soft, and so sweet with the kids.
“The children share their snacks with Boomeroo, usually when they are full and just don’t want any more of their bread or fruit, they will run over to Boomeroo and hand their leftovers to her.
“The kids also love helping get her into her barn at night. Boomeroo comes when she is called, and when she hears us clapping our hands or the side of our legs.
“The kids get a kick out of doing this with me and watching her respond. they will then help clean the barn, feed her, and then blow kisses and say night night to her. It’s all very sweet.
“Boomeroo enjoys having the children around her very much. It’s almost as if they are part of her kangaroo mob.
“One of the most frequent questions I get asked is does Boomeroo kick? But she has never been aggressive.
“In fact, I taught her that when she puts her hands out, it is not to grab, which can often result in leaning back and kicking, instead, it is to hug.
“So whenever I see her, I rub her under her neck, and she wraps her arms around me and gives me a big hug. She is very sweet.”
Julia writes and illustrates a series of children’s books called Search for the Hidden Clover, which chronicle the adventures of animals in a bid to educate children about the importance of caring for the environment.
Boomeroo, is one of the characters in Julia’s books along with Niche the anteater, Daisy the sloth, and Dexter the sugar glider – who are also cared for by Julia and Jason.