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Krazy for Kangaroos

By Claire Hilleary

As a young girl, I was always amazed by kangaroos and Australia itself.  Growing up watching Steve Irwin, I  just wanted to travel there and capture myself a pet baby kangaroo. Below are some of the most interesting facts about the animal and why I am so fascinated by them.

Female kangaroos can determine the sex of their offspring. They can even delay gestation when environmental factors are likely to diminish the chance of young surviving. Like all marsupials, kangaroos are born extremely early- the equivalent of the seventh week of pregnancy for humans. They travel from the birth canal as little more than an embryo by blindly propelling through the mother’s fur to the safety of the pouch, where they will spend several months developing before finally leaving to explore the world.

Young kangaroos (joeys) will sometimes jump head first into their mother’s pouch when frightened.

Kangaroos have excellent hearing, and like some other animals are able to move their ears in different directions without moving the rest of their head.

Kangaroos are social animals which stay in groups of at least 3 or 4 individuals. Some groups can comprise of as many as 100 individuals.

There are more kangaroos than humans in Australia. They are the national symbol of Australia and appear on postage stamps, coins, and aeroplanes.

 

source: https://onekind.org/animal/kangaroo/

 

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