While most toddlers strike
up their first friendship with the little one next door, 14-month-old Alia
Heckathorn has found a companion in a kangaroo named Boomeroo. The duo has been
inseparable since the day they met when Alia was just a few days old.
"Boomeroo and Alia love to
eat outside together," Julia told the Daily Mail. "Alia will share treats,
which makes Boomeroo a happy girl. Alia will sit on the deck and draw with her
pavement chalk while Boomeroo sits by and watches, and in the yard, they'll
walk around together as Alia talks to Boomeroo and offers her grass or hay."
The furry animal is also the
subject in Julia's children's book series "Search for the Hidden Clover,"
which centers on animals who strive to educate children about the environment. Although
kangaroos are known to be aggressive, Boomeroo has been nothing but gentle and
safe with the baby. Forming a bond with the kangaroo, Alia has come to
appreciate nature and animals at a young age.
"Alia has learned to be
caring towards animals. She cares because she loves every bit of nature, she'll
admire wild flowers as she walks through the forest and collect fallen pine
needles to play with later. Seeing the joy in children's faces at schools when
they see my educational animals and interact in my nature book readings is a
Photo credit: Daily Mail/"Search for the Hidden Clover"