32 things about kangaroos



1. The kangaroo is a herbivorous mammal of the Macropodidae family, specific to Australia and its adjacent islands. The kangaroos are also called macropoi (big leg) due to the size of the lower limbs.

2. The kangaroo is part of the marsupiale sub-class, being the largest of these. Females of marsupial mammals have a pocket on the abdomen where they grow and chickens.

3. When the European explorers saw the kangaroo for the first time, they asked an Australian bastinas what animal it is. The native answered "Kan-ghu-ru", translated "I do not understand you". Europeans believed that it was called the animal, so the kangaroo was "baptized."

4. Kangaroo is the unofficial symbol of Australia, which is on the national coat of arms, coins, airline logos, tourism, postage stamps, folk culture, etc.

5. From an ecological point of view, kangaroo is the equivalent of bison, deer or bovine in North America.

6. The kangaroo can have a height of 1 to 3 meters and can weigh up to 150 kilograms.

7. The most populated areas with kangaroos are the center of Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea.

8. The kangaroo moves through jumps. He uses his lower limbs and his tail for balance and takes an avant-garde. Often it reaches 60 km / h.

9. The kangaroo is the only big animal that moves through jumps. A male can jump up to 3 feet tall and 9 meters long.

10. When standing, the kangaroo uses its tail as a third leg to support its weight.

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11. Kangaroos have on average one chicken per year. At birth, kangaroo chickens are not fully developed: they are very small (0.5-2.5 cm!) Without fur, no eyes, no ears and no limbs. The kangaroo mother then takes it with her mouth and puts it in a crutch, where she grows with her mother's nipple in her mouth until full development. After 8-9 months, the chicken leaves the marsupium, but returns in case of distress. It continues to suck up to a maximum of 17 months.

12. The kangaroo has a very sharp hearing, being able to move his ears after the source of the sound. The vision is not so good, because it observes (better) only things that are moving, protecting it from potential predators.

13. The kangaroo food consists mainly of grass, leaves and buds.

14. Kangaroos extract their moisture from the food and can last for months without drinking water.

15. Most kangaroos can not move their inferior limbs separately, like other mammals or humans, but only together. Curiously, they can move their legs independently as they swim.

16. The kangaroo male is called the popular "Boomer", the female "Flyer" and the chicken "Joey".

17. The kangaroo may have at the same time up to 3 pups. One becomes mature, one baby and one embryo.

18. The hottest natural enemy of the kangaroo is the Tasmanian wolf, who is responsible for the disappearance of many kangaroos.

19. After the region where they are spread in Australia and fur color, kangaroos are divided into three categories: Western Gray Kangaroo, Red Kangaroo and Eastern Gray Kangaroo.

20. According to the Australian authorities, in 2011 the kangaroo population amounts to 34.3 million individuals. In 2010, the population was 25.8 million and in 2001 it was 57.4 million.

21. Currently, there are more than 60 species of kangaroos, most of them living in Australia.

22. The kangaroo is a very sociable animal. It usually lives in groups of 10 to 100 individuals, males and females. He is usually friendly with man, but he becomes aggressive when it comes to protecting his chickens, his territory is reproduced.

23. Besides natural predators, kangaroo is also hunted by man for his flesh and skin.

24. According to an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 24, 1963, a naturalist witnessed a 3.2-meter-high jump of a kangaroo. In 2008, a group of animal rights activists said they saw a kangaroo jumping 4-5 meters above the ground.

25. Females wearing two chickens produce two kinds of milk: one for bigger chicks and one for small ones.

26. The kangaroos can not move backwards.

27. The western gray kangaroo has the nickname "the stinker" because it smells of curry.

28. Because of the heat, the kangaroo rests during the day and feeds early in the morning, in the evening or at night, when it is cooler.

29. The kangaroo is a very good swimmer.

30. A unique thing in the animal world is that females can "suspend" the task, and then it can resume it. This happens when the female is not physically well prepared for pregnancy and does not produce enough milk.

31. The kangaroo is a renowned "boxer". With its upper limbs it does not cause much damage, but when it feels threatened, the kangaroo hits the ground with its feet, and if the enemy approaches the kangaroo, it leaves on the tail and strikes strongly with its feet. Sometimes it bites.

32. The kangaroo has a compartmentalised stomach, like bovines.

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