Britain’s baby Prince George visits Australian zoo

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Britain’s baby Prince George stepped out in public with his parents today for the first time in Australia, for an encounter with wildlife at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo.

George, eight months old and third in line to the throne after grandfather Princes Charles and father William, stole the show as his parents toured the harbourfront zoo overlooking the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The royal family were at the zoo to visit an enclosure for bilbies and meet one of the rabbit-eared native marsupials who was named in George’s honour.

Dressed in a blue striped shirt, blue shorts and black shoes, the infant prince wriggled excitedly out of Kate’s arms as they neared the habitat to get a closer look.

He cooed as William fed his bilby namesake and stroked its head, craning over the top of the enclosure’s glass wall.

Propped up by his mother, George bobbed jubilantly up and down and waved his arms as the inquisitive bilby, previously known as Boy, crouched up on its hind legs and peered over the edge at him.

He grinned and giggled for the cameras as William bounced him in his arms and kissed him on the head, beaming as he was presented with a stuffed toy bilby which he promptly tossed to the ground, setting off ripples of laughter in the capacity crowd.

George held fast to the ear of a silver bilby statuette as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge unveiled a plaque in his honour. The enclosure was paid for by the Australian government as a gift on behalf of the nation to celebrate George’s birth.