Solving this marsupial mystery made some users want to get off TikTok.
A TikTok video showing what the inside of a kangaroo’s pouch looks like has gone viral, with horrified viewers getting a sneak peek.
The video shows a zookeeper at Animal EDventure Park & Safari in Palm Beach County, Florida, opening a mother kangaroo’s pouch.
The kangaroo mother, named Kalin, has her joey tucked away in what from the outside looks like a fluffy and furry little carrier.
But the shocking video shows that the inside of the kangaroo’s pouch is a red-fleshed sac that hides the baby sucking on their mother’s four milk ducts.
The video shared by the Floridian Zoo has been viewed more than 70 million times and received nearly 1.4 million comments when TikToker expressed their shock.
“Bro I thought it was breezy inside,” @milannak19 said echoing most of the comments.
“I THOUGHT IT WAS WOW. I DID NOT THINK IT WAS JUST A MEAT BAG,” exclaimed @honeyzombee.
Others claimed to be “upset”, “shocked” and “traumatized” after the video appeared on their For You page.
“It happened so fast I couldn’t even walk. I’m traumatized,” @octarooj wrote.
Some viewers also insisted that the video “feels like an invasion of privacy”.
“People were never meant to see,” @danieljacobs001 insisted.
TikToker @kelzgoncrazy expressed her disbelief by saying, “There’s 1 mystery I never wanted solved…it’s not fluffy.”
Baby kangaroos are born incredibly underdeveloped and immediately crawl into their mother’s pouch, about the size of a jellybean, according to Live Science.
The joey latches on to one of the milk ducts where it remains for about three and a half to four months and continues to develop before emerging and slowly exploring the world further away from its mother.
A kangaroo’s pouch can get quite dirty as the warm temperatures can make it sweaty, the joey will defecate inside for the first few months and then track down dirt as it begins to explore.
To clean their pouches, the mothers put their whole heads into their pouches and scrape out the soil and excrement with their tongues.