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Kangaroo is a common name for a family of Australian animals. Kangaroos have large powerful legs and feet for leaping, long muscular tail for balance and a small head. Kangaroos are the only large animals to use hopping for locomotion.
Kangaroo
Kangaroo
Red Kangaroo
Red Kangaroo
Jumping kangaroo
Jumping kangaroo
Rock Wallaby
Rock Wallaby
Red Kangaroos can hop as fast as 70 km/h over short distances, but they usually comfortably travel at 20km/h.
This fast and energy-efficient method of travel has evolved less in response to the danger of predators, but more because of the need to regularly cover large distances in search of food and water.
Kangaroos life expectancy is about 9-18 years, with some living until they are 30.




Kangaroos are marsupials, it means they keep babies in the pouch. Female kangaroo is usually permanently pregnant, baby kangaroos are born very early, after 1 month pregnancy. Babies will stay in the pouch for about 9 months, before getting out for the first time.
Milk composition produced by mother kangaroo depends on how old is the baby. Amazingly, kangaroo can even produce 2 different varieties of milk: one for the newborn baby, and another for the older sibling who still lives in the pouch.
Kangaroo and the baby
Kangaroo and the baby


Kangaroos mostly lives in the bush area, but you can also spot them on the beach or in the mountains - rock wallabies for example.




There are 3 common species:
  • Eastern Grey Kangaroo - the most common specie in Eastern part of Australia (Sydney, Melbourne etc)
  • Western Grey Kangaroo - commonly found in Western Australia (Perth)
  • Red Kangaroo - the biggest one, with height up to 2 meters and weight up to 90 kg. It usually found in the endless deserts in the centre of Australia (Alice Springs)

In addition, there are lots of close kangaroo relatives: wallabies, wallaroo, quokka, tree-kangaroos and others.
Western Grey Kangaroo
Western Grey Kangaroo



Wallaby
Wallaby



Wild kangaroo afraid of people and will hop away if approached too close. In some places tourists are feeding animals despite many requests not to do so, and kangaroos less afraid of people.
The friendliest animals could be found in wildlife parks. Tourists are given special food and kangaroos eating it from hand.
Feeding Red Kangaroo
Feeding Red Kangaroo
Feeding wollaby
Feeding wollaby


Kangaroos are commonly seen in the wild. At daytime they are shy and mostly rest somewhere in the shadow. They are more active at dusk, dawn and night. At that time, they are posing major danger for drivers. It is quite common to hit a kangaroo on country roads. Kangaroo may sit still in the middle of the road or jump right in front of the car.
Consequences of an accident with kangaroo could be severe, in particular with a large red kangaroo. If the animal gets in the car through the windscreen it can kill the car occupants.
That's why in there are many cars with roo-bar at the front, mostly in the country. All trucks have a roo bars as well, because they often have to drive at night.





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