The Duchess of Cornwall cradled an orphaned kangaroo joey in her arms as the Royal Jubilee tour arrived in the Australian Outback.
Camilla scratched the 12-month-old Rooby Blue under its chin during a visit to the remote rural settlement of Longreach.
She said: "Oh hello.
"Very friendly. Doesn't it look pretty?
She added: "There's a first time for everything."
Charles also took an interest and gave the joey a pat on the head as Camilla said: "That's so sweet."
The Prince of Wales also became a bushwhacker for a day, wearing the akubra hat, usually worn by rural workers.
And the royal couple visited the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame, a heritage centre remembering cattle pioneers who developed the outback.
At times, the duchess sheltered under a parasol as temperatures topped a blistering 40C.
She said the burning sun produced "a nice dry heat" in comparison with Papua New Guinea, where the royals began their Diamond Jubilee tour at the weekend.