Baby bettong runs loose in 3TV newsroom

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PHOENIX -- Dr. Grey Stafford of Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium brought a baby bettong to meet 3TV's Javier Soto Monday.

Bettongs are native to Australia and Tasmania, and they are actually an endangered species.

Sometimes referred to as rat-kangaroos -- their tops look like rats while their bottoms are more like kangaroos -- bettongs are small marsupials, and they are quick little suckers.

Stafford himself did know exactly how fast they can move until he set the little guy loose in the newsroom.

The "Good Morning! Arizona" team had a great time watching the bettong hop around the newsroom at top speed. He was clearly having a good ol' time.

The bettong is just one of several baby animals at the zoo. In addition to the bettongs, there are baby otters (which just opened their eyes), a parent-raised flamingo chick, and some baby primates.

Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium is open 365 days a year, and is located at 16501 W. Northern Ave., Litchfield Park. For more information, call 623-935-WILD (9453) or visit www.wildlifeworld.com.