Here at Pouch Australia we are big fans of the kangaroo. Our company name is inspired by the pouch that the kangaroo mumma cradles her baby joey in as it grows. My youngest child asked me if the joey does its roo poos in the pouch! Eeeew. So we did some research and discovered that, yes, the joey spends about 4 months in the pouch before emerging at all. And it is up to 10 months before the joey can live independently from it's mumma. In that time the joey does do its business in the pouch! The mother kangaroo cleans the pouch with her tongue, working around a young joey that is attached to a teat or temporarily evicting an older joey. So now you know! Thank goodness the Play Pouch can be machine washed on a cold and gentle cycle. I can’t fathom the idea of having to lick it clean.