Kangaroo From Down Under

This video is all about kangaroos, a taxonomic category of mammals living primarily in Australia.

                        Interesting facts about kangaroos

Kangaroos are from the family Macropodidae. In common use, Macropod means, ‘Large foot’. They can be easily identified by their muscular tail, strong back legs, large feet, short fur and long, pointed ears. Female kangaroos have pouches containing mammary glands. In these mammary glands, their young live until they are old enough to move out.

Majorly there are four species, the antilopine kangaroo, the red kangaroo, the western gray kangaroo and the eastern gray kangaroo.

The largest kangaroo is the red kangaroo; the length from head to its rump is 3.25 feet to 5.25 feet long. Its tail adds another 35.5 to 43.5 inches. Its entire body weight is around 90 kg. The smallest kangaroo is the musky rat kangaroo. It is only 6-8 inches long. And its body weight is around 349 gm. It has a tail like rat which is around 5-6 inches long.

Fast facts:-

  • They are grazing herbivores.
  • They can survive long periods without water.
  • Kangaroos live and travel in multitude, dominated by the largest male.
  • Male kangaroos are called ‘Boomers’ or ‘Jacks’. Female kangaroos are called ‘Flyers’ or ‘Jills’.
  • Kangaroos have large feet. This is the reason, they cannot walk properly. To walk slowly, they need to use their tail to form a tripod with the forelimbs.
  • Young kangaroos are called joeys.
  • Usually ‘Jills’ give birth to one ‘Joey’ at a time.
  • A newborn kangaroo weighs around 0.03 ounces.
  • Female kangaroos can determine the sex of their brood. Gestation can be delayed if they feel that environmental factors are not suitable for survival of their child.
  • Kangaroo is the only large animal to use hopping as their primary method of locomotion.
  • In one leap, a red kangaroo can jump 3 metre high and 7.6 metre long.
  • They have excellent hearing. Their ears can be moved in different directions without moving the head.
  • They stay in a group of 3-4 individuals. Some groups can comprise of individuals more than 100.
  • There are more kangaroos than humans in Australia. Kangaroos are the national symbol of the country and they appear on coins, postage stamps and aeroplane.