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Adorable Orphaned Kangaroo Hugs Teddy Bear In Viral Photo. We Can't Make This Stuff Up

His name is "Doodlebug," for cryin' out loud!

We're just as in love with this little kangaroo as he is with his stuffed teddy bear. 

Timothy Beshara, who lives in Tasmania, shared a photo on Twitter this past Tuesday of an orphaned eastern grey kangaroo named "Doodlebug" -- yes, DOODLEBUG! -- clutching his stuffed teddy bear in New South Wales, Australia.

Doodlebug, an orphaned kangaroo, with his teddy bear friend. 
Doodlebug, an orphaned kangaroo, with his teddy bear friend. 

 

The photo has gone viral, which isn't surprising at all because Doodlebug -- who was previously identified on social media as a wallaby -- is criminally adorable. Like #breaktheinternet adorable. 

"I have loved seeing the comments of how the photo has cheered people up when they are having a bad day," Beshara told The Huffington Post in an e-mail of the Doodlebug's newfound viral fame. "Nature can bring so much joy to people if only we pay attention to it." 

Beshara told HuffPost that his mother, Gillian Abbot, a licensed wildlife carer and member of rescue organization WIRES, was the one who took the photo and has been caring for the kangaroo. According to Beshara, Doodlebug, who's now 15 months old, was found abandoned a little over a year ago and was too young to take care of himself.

The cute little guy is undergoing a "soft-release," or gradual return to the wild, Beshara says. Doodlebug currently hangs out in the forest near Abbot's home but comes back for the occasional extra feeding. 

As for Doodlebug's teddy bear, Beshara told HuffPost that the kangaroo uses the stuffed animal just as a toddler would -- as his little friend. 

"He lies next to it, practices his kicking against it and cuddles it," Beshara said. 

So, who wants to start a Doodlebug fan club with us?! 

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