Jack the Red Kangaroo is starring in the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History’s Australia exhibit this month.

The animal recently arrived and staff like Robin Gilliam couldn’t wait to meet him.

“I rushed into work today. I was here 15 minutes early because I just wanted to say hi and get the first sneak peek at him,” he said Friday. “We're all very excited to have him here. Just look at him. How could you not love him?”

The display is created by Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo. Dawson Watson, a wildlife educator with the zoo, said it’ll be ready for March Break. 

'Just look at him. How could you not love him?' - Robin Gilliam

“He's here to rock out shows and show off to everybody and just kind of put on a bit of a performance,” he said. 

“Not that he does tricks or anything like that, but he's just so adorable that everybody has to stop and see the kangaroo.”

Jack is almost two years old and stands more than a metre tall. When he’s fully grown, he’ll be double that size. While kangaroos come from Australia, Jack was actually born at a zoo in Ontario.

Other animals in the show include:

  • Monitor lizard
  • Carpet python
  • Amethystine python
  • Cane toad
  • Bearded dragon
  • Blue-tongue skink

The exhibit opens Saturday at 9 a.m. and runs until March 16.