The kangaroo is an amazing and intriguing animal.
Here are a few facts:
• They can’t move backwards.
• They can jump up to three times their own height.
• On land kangaroos can’t move their hind legs independently, only together. But when they are swimming (they are good swimmers) they kick each leg independently.
• They are social animals who live and travel in organised groups (a “mob”) dominated by the largest male. There is generally at least 3 or 4 individuals in a mob and some groups, when conditions are good, can comprise of as many as 100 individuals.
• They have excellent hearing, and like some other animals they can move their ears in different directions without moving the rest of their head.
• A female kangaroo can have three babies at the same time: an older joey living outside the pouch but still drinking milk, a young one in the pouch attached to a teat, and an embryo awaiting birth.
• No matter where you go in Australia, there will be at least one species of kangaroo that lives in and is adapted to that area.
They are cute up close, curious creatures.
The joey’s still want to get in the mothers pouch, even when they are too big, and their legs hang out.
They have amazing eye lashes.