On Easter Sunday in Sydney, Prince George met a cute little critter named for him and the world got to see the royal baby for a second official appearance.
After Easter services at the Anglican cathedral in Sydney in the morning, Prince William and Duchess Kate changed clothes, collected George and headed for the Taronga Zoo, Sydney's harbor-side menagerie of Australia's wonderfully quirky wildlife.
It was another beautiful sunny day and thousands had been waiting to see them for hours before the zoo opened. Eventually there were so many people, the zoo closed to further visitors while the royals were inside, according to a tweet by the zoo.
The big event was George at the new Prince George Bilby Exhibit, named for the little prince soon after his birth in July 2013.
If you never heard of a bilby you will now, thanks to Prince George, which is the point.
Bilbies are nocturnal marsupials that look sort of like rats, only bigger and cuter like rabbits, with big ears and long snouts. They're indigenous to Australia and endangered, nearly wiped out by competition from animals, such as rabbits, introduced by British settlers to the continent.
The zoo, which is trying to breed bilbies to save the species, named one of their prized marsupials George in the royal baby's honor. The family got to meet Bilby George at the new enclosure, getting close enough for Will to feed him his usual diet of beef, carrots and live mealworms.
The baby wriggled vigorously and squealed with delight on spotting the bilby, reported royal correspondents covering every move. Clutching the glass fence around the enclosure, he seemed to want to crawl inside to touch the snuffling creature, The Daily Mail reported.
"He's trying to grab his ear," Kate said as she and Will tried to restrain their active baby. She didn't want him too close, for the bilby's safety: "(Prince George) has got quite a strong grab actually," she said.
The couple unveiled a plaque that read, "'A national gift from the Commonwealth Government to commemorate the birth of His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge."
Naturally, George got a present, a stuffed toy bilby. And a yellow car sticker that said "Wild child on board." George tried to chew it, provoking laughter. "Munch, munch, munch," said Will.
Carried alternatively in his father's and his mother's arms, George was dressed in denim blue shirt and shorts, and his navy-blue baby shoes and socks.
Kate, who appeared for morning Easter services at St. Andrew's Cathedral in Sydney in a Jane Taylor hat and an elegant dove-grey coat-and-dress ensemble by Alexander McQueen, had changed into a cream eyelet dress she also wore on the last royal tour, in the Solomon Islands in 2012.
Her hair was long and loose again; in the morning it had been half up and half down in the back under her hat.
After the excitement of the George appearance with Bilby George, the baby was handed off to his nanny while Will and Kate toured other parts of the zoo, getting to pet a koala, meet an echidna (a spiny anteater), coo over kangaroos and wallabies, feed carrots to a giraffe and watch a bird show, laughing out loud when a bird of prey swooped over the heads of the media mob.
Marveling over a koala named Leuca, Will joked, "This is the picture they've all been waiting for."
Later, the family flew off to Canberra, Australia's national capital, where they will have Monday off before continuing the tour. They're scheduled to return home Friday.