Overview of The Kanagaroo
The kangaroo is a marsupial native to Australia. It
is also the national symbol of Australia. There are
four species that are commonly referred to as kangaroos:
the antilopine kangaroo, the eastern grey kangaroo,
the red kangaroo and the western gray kangaroo.
The Antilopine Kangaroo is the northern equivalent
of the Eastern and Western Grey Kangaroos. The Red Kangaroo
is the largest surviving marsupial in the world - a
large male can be nearly 7 feet tall and weigh 200 pounds.
The Eastern Grey Kangaroo lives in the Eastern part
of Australia, while the Western Grey Kangaroo lives
in the Western.
A Red Kangaroo can comfortably hop at about 15 miles
per hour, but it has been clocked going up to 44 miles
per hour. It can also sustain a speed of 25 miles per
hour for a mile. Kangaroos can hop further than any
other animal on earth, leaping up to 25 feet in a single
hop. It is estimated they can jump over 10 feet vertically.
Kangaroos use their back legs to jump. They use their
thick tail for balance and power. Female kangaroos can
hop faster than male kangaroos.
Different species of kangaroos have different diets,
although all are herbivores. Kangaroos travel from place
to place looking for grass and leaves to eat. Some believe
this is why they are built for endurance.
Although red kangaroos can grow to be larger than most
humans, when they are born, they are only an inch tall.
Baby kangaroos are known as a joey. The female kangaroo
carries their baby in a pouch. After half a year, the
joey is big enough and strong enough to leave the pouch
and travel on its own.
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