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BROOKFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Brookfield Zoo officials are welcoming a rare baby wombat who -- so far -- has kept mostly to its mother's pouch.

The southern hairy-nosed wombat named "Goldie" is native to Australia and is the first born in any North American zoo in the past seven years.

Goldie was actually born in late October of last year, weighing only one-one-thousandth of a pound.

But the wombat stayed in its mother Kambora's pouch, so zoo officials didn't know about the birth at first.

Zoo keepers got their first look at Goldie in January after suspecting that Kambora's bulging pouch meant a baby was inside.

During the weekend Goldie came out of the pouch briefly. The joey now weighs about three pounds and is about 12 inches long.

But zoo officials have not been able to examine the baby or determine its sex.


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