Kangaroo Hug  teddy Gillian Abbott released

After they leave the nest, parents always hope their kids will come back and visit. Even when that kid is a kangaroo.

KangarooHug 2 Timothy Beshara releasedAustralian mom and wildlife rehabilitator Gillian Abbot rescued this baby roo when it was two months old and raised the orphan, giving it a teddy bear to cuddle with.

Now almost fully grown, Doodlebug, as he was named, is making another life transition, what animal-rescue folks call a “soft return” to the wild.

He comes and goes as he pleases now, and every time the eastern gray kangaroo returns to his homestead, he empties the food bowl and hugs his teddy– just like old times.

The family shared a photo of the young marsupial holding tight to the teddy bear, which has been thoughtfully tied up to dangle at a huggable height.baby otter bottle-released-Shedd Aquarium:Brenna Hernandez

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Abbot is a licensed ‘wildlife carer’ in New South Wales and a member of the rescue organization WIRES.

(READ more, w/ photos, from the Daily Mail) – Photos by Gillian Abbott and Tim Beshara, via @Tim_Beshara

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