It took me a moment to place this curious creature, but I'm pretty certain its meant to be a kangaroo. And rather a possessed looking one too, though I think really just in need of some love! And actually, as I look at photographs of kangaroo as I write this, I might say this carver did manage to capture some of their strangeness fairly well--and perhaps this one is meant to be a protective mother! Incidentally, the terms for male and female kangaroos are pretty great: bucks, boomers, jacks, or old men for the males; does, flyers, or jills for the females.
5 7/8" t x 3 1/2" w x 3 1/2" d and in very good vintage condition.