Kangaroo

June 18, 2022

The kangaroo is a marsupial that lives in Australia and New Guinea. It is most known for its large hind legs, allowing it to jump to 30 feet or more.

Kangaroos have a pouch on their abdomen where their babies are born and developed. The mother leaves the pouch shortly after giving birth, but she still guards the babies while they stay in the pouch for protection against predators like eagles and wolves.

Kangaroos don't sweat as humans do, so they have special glands in their paws called ‘plantar pads,' which they rely on to cool themselves down when they are hot.

Fun Facts About Kangaroos

  • Kangaroos are mainly active at night. They come out in the late afternoon and early evening to feed. They spend most of their time resting or grooming themselves on hot days.
  • A mother kangaroo can only have one baby in its pouch at any one time, but she often has two pouches to carry milk for her growing joey (baby kangaroos).
  • Kangaroos live in family groups of up to 50, called ‘mobs,' consisting of males and females.
  • Kangaroos have special glands to cool them down when it gets hot. These special glands on their paws function like sweat pants to keep cool when it gets hot. (They are so clever)
  • Kangaroos are high producers of Vitamin A. When they lick on their hind legs, their tongues get rid of the excess salt in their blood which then goes back into the grass to eat the next day.

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