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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Must read : Things you don't know about kangaroos


1. Kangaroos cannot move their hind legs
independently of each other- unless they’re in
water.
2. Most kangaroos are nocturnal , though
some are active in the early morning and late
afternoon.
3. Kangaroo meat is exported from Australia
to 55 countries.
4. Their tails are used for balance while
hopping, and as a fifth limb when moving
slowly.
5. The collective noun for kangaroos is a mob,
troop, or court.
6. Kangaroos don’t sweat , instead they lick
their front paws and rub the moisture onto
their chests to cool down.
6. Kangaroos breed year-round. With access
to enough food and water, a kangaroo
population can quadruple in five years .
7. In tropical areas of Australia, there are
kangaroos which live in trees. They are the
only kangaroos with front paws that can be
raised above their heads .

8. Baby kangaroos are less than 2 grams
when born, and the size of a jellybean.
9. When they’re born, they look like a tiny,
pink, hairless worm .
10. They usually hide from predators in water.
If followed, they use their front paws to hold
their opposition under the water and drown it .
11. A kangaroo in Victoria tried to drown a
human in 2009.
12. Mother kangaroos communicate to their
joeys with a series of clicks.
13. Males smell the urine of females to see if
she is ready to mate .
14. Dominant male kangaroos like to pull up
grass clumps to intimidate their subordinates .
15. The Western grey kangaroo males have a
strong, curry-like smell.
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16. A kangaroo has been seen catching a dog
with its front paws and disembowelling it with
its hind legs .
17. When two kangaroos meet for the first
time, they like to touch noses and sniff each
other.
18. In 2004, a kangaroo named Lulu was given
the RSPCA Australia National Animal Valour
Award , for alerting the family of a man who
was trapped under a fallen tree branch.
19. There are feral kangaroo colonies in the
UK , France , and the USA. This is usually due
to the animals escaping from zoos or animal
parks.
20. Kangaroos are not, in fact, endemic to
Australia. There are also some species of tree
kangaroo native to Papua New Guinea.
21. Kangaroos are the only large animals that
move by hopping .
22. Baby kangaroos are born at a very early
stage of development, 31 to 36 days after
gestation .
23. In times of drought , female kangaroos can
stop the development of a joey in her womb
until conditions are better, giving it more
chance of survival.
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24. 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 .
25. There are over 60 species of kangaroo.
26. Joeys like to play fight to develop social
skills .
27. They are the largest marsupials on Earth.
28. Kangaroos cannot move backward . This is
why they are on the Australian coat of arms,
along with the emu.
29. The kangaroo is a member of the
macropod family, which means ‘big foot’.
30. Many kangaroo species can survive a long
time without water, provided they have green
grass to eat.
31. When frightened, joeys sometimes dive
into their mothers’ pouches head first.

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