Prince George Squeals With Delight, Meeting His Bilby Namesake With Parents Kate Middleton, Prince William: Pictures

Celebrity News Apr. 20, 2014 AT 7:15AM
Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George Prince William and Kate Middleton introduce their son Prince George to his namesake Bilby at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia on April 20. Credit: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Royals at the zoo! Precious Prince George made a stop at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia on Sunday, April 20 where he caused quite the stir with parents Kate Middleton and Prince William

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The Duke, 31, and Duchess of Cambridge, 32, introduced their 8-month-old son to a small Bilby, which was named after the little prince a few months ago. George squealed with delight, wriggling this arms and legs in excitement. The family attended to open the official Prince George Bilby Exhibit.

Kate Middleton and Prince William greet a Koala Bear at the Taronga Zoo on April 20.
Kate Middleton and Prince William greet a Koala Bear at the Taronga Zoo on April 20.
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The determined, wiggly tot even tried to reach out and touch the Bibly, but Middleton advised the zookeeper to place the creature out of her son's reach. 

"He's trying to grab his ear," she said. "He's got quite a strong grab actually." 

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"If he gets it, he'll never let go!" William chimed in. 

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Bilbies were once common in Australia, but have recently been driven to the verge of extinction. This causes a conservation campaign to start in the 1960s, which included replacing chocolate Easter bunnies with chocolate Bilbies. 

The royal couple also took the time to meet some of the zoo's other animals, including a friendly koala bear and the kangaroos. Middleton wore a pale yellow eyelet dress from an independent designer while William wore a blue checkered shirt. Matching his father, George wore a Rachel Riley blue shirt and blueberry-colored shorts.

Kate Middleton takes her son, Prince George, around to meet the animals at the Taronga Zoo on April 20.
Kate Middleton takes her son, Prince George, around to meet the animals at the Taronga Zoo on April 20.
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The zoo presented the royals with a plaque which read, "A national gift from the Commonwealth Government to commemorate the birth of His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge," and also presented the youngster with a toy Bilby (which he promptly threw on the ground).

"He does love it honestly!" his father assured the laughing crowd.

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The event saw many onlookers, some of which had been there since early in the morning, waiting for a chance to see the royals. 

"Several hundred people were here in the long lines first thing this morning," said Lisa Keen, the communications manager for the zoo.  

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