Kangaroos

Kangaroos

The first thing I learned while doing my research for this blog is that not all kangaroos are kangaroos. There are related species called ‘wallabies’ and ‘wallaroos’ which look very similar. I’ll leave it to you to see if you can distinguish which are which in the photos below since the primary distinction among these species is size, wallabies being the smallest and kangaroos the biggest. Most live in Australia but there is even a tree kangaroo that lives in New Guinea. But they’re all the same family called Macropods, which means ‘big footed’. I’m hoping some of my Aussie commenters can give us some insight!

This 4-minute BBC video features a ‘mob’ of kangaroos in a field and a brief battle between the strongest male kangaroo and a challenger. Here’s a 2-minute video of a wallaroo fending off a dingo. Here’s a sweet 3-minute compilation of baby kangaroos.

FunFacts about Kangaroos: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: The kangaroo is a marsupial from the family Macropodidae (macropods, meaning “large foot”). In common use the term is used to describe the largest species from this family, especially those of the genus Macropus: the red kangaroo, antilopine kangaroo, eastern grey kangaroo, and western grey kangaroo. (Source)
  • Kangaroos are indigenous to Australia.
  • The total kangaroo population is estimated to be as high as 50 million, which is double the human population of Australia at approximately 25 million.
  • The terms ‘wallaby’ and ‘wallaroo’ refer to species related to the kangaroo but differing primarily in size.
    • About wallaroos, quote: Most wallaroos are only a little smaller than a kangaroo, fairly thickset, and are found in open country. (Source)
    • About wallabies, quote: The term wallaby is an informal designation generally used for any macropod that is smaller than a kangaroo or wallaroo that has not been designated otherwise. (Source)
  • There is a ‘tree kangaroo’ that lives in New Guinea.
  • A large male kangaroo can weigh up to 200 pounds or 90 kg.
  • As a marsupial, female kangaroos have a large pouch in which baby kangaroos, called joeys, finish their postnatal development. The joey is an undeveloped fetus and about the size of a lima bean at birth and must crawl from inside the mother all the way to the pouch. It then attaches to a nipple in the pouch where it remains until it’s a juvenile.
    • Joeys stay in the pouch for about nine months before leaving the pouch for small amounts of time.
    • The mother feeds the joey for approximately 18 months.
  • The kangaroo is a symbol of Australia and appears on the Australian Coat of Arms.
  • Kangaroo meat is sometimes used for food and has a low fat content.
  • Kangaroos are the largest animal that uses hopping to get around.
  • Kangaroos are herbivores.
  • Kangaroos can defend themselves from predators, like dingos, by disemboweling them with their powerful hind feet.
  • Groups of kangaroos are called mobs.
  • The kangaroo has been an important animal to Australian Aborigines.

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*** Disclaimer: As I mentioned at the beginning of this blog, I don’t have sufficient expertise to tell the difference between kangaroos, wallaroos and wallabies. Therefore, the photos below are probably a mixture of these three. Regardless, they are all wonderful.     

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38 thoughts on “Kangaroos

  1. The baby kangaroos video was so cute! I don’t think I’d want to meet a full-grown one in the wild, though, after seeing videos of them kicking!

  2. I have a funny story about a kangaroo.

    I live in a LARGE country town in Qld. It is out in the middle of nowhere surrounded by bushland and countryside.

    One day I saw a car parked outside the house. I said to my daughter that they had been sitting there a while. My daughter said they are probably looking at the kangaroo. Naturally since we are in town I thought she was being funny. No, there was a full grown kangaroo outside our house. Within minutes it had gone bounding down the road.

    The kangaroo probably came into town looking for water.

    • Mary,
      Very odd to have a full-grown kangaroo in your yard! My friends have a mountain cabin and elk are often in the yards. Now that’s fine if you’re inside the house. But I’d hate to turn the corner and have one sauntering up the walkway. I’m sure it’s no different with a full-grown kangaroo. Best enjoyed at a distance!

      Thanks for sharing!

      Caris
      Buckeye, Arizona USA

  3. Kanga and Roo are my favorite literary representatives of the species. We have some at our local zoo and I love to see them. Twice we have had babies and they were absolutely adorable.

  4. My husband and I were at a petting zoo in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and they had a

    young kangaroo in the pen. The kangaroo came up to my husband and my husband

    started petting him.

    Suddenly the kangaroo grabbed my husband around the head and put him in a headlock.

    My husband got out of the headlock and pushed the kangaroo away.

    The kangaroo grabbed my husband and started boxing him. My husband tried to push

    him off but he couldn’t. My husband punched the kangaroo in the face but the kangaroo

    would not stop. Every time my husband would try to get away the kangaroo would grab

    him and pull him back. About four zookeepers came running into the pen with a long stick

    and they got between my husband and the kangaroo. They put ropes around him and

    finally got him in another pen. The zookeepers said he was a young adult with raging

    hormones.

    Kangaroos are cute but they can be dangerous.

    • Jackie,
      How frightening! One of the videos said that young male kangaroos love to fight, it’s part of the process. They look for opportunities. It sounds like this male was using your husband for practice and wasn’t about to give up a great sparring partner!

      Caris
      Buckeye, Arizona USA

  5. I enjoyed the pictures and videos. The joeys-baby kangaroos-are so adorable. I’ve only seen Kangaroos on tv and enjoy watching them. AZ

  6. Love the picture with three in the field.

    I know there’s an animal rescue an hour or so from me which has some kangaroos or wallabies–I don’t remember which, but I’ve never been there to see them. Not sure it’s open to the public.

    There’s an Australian family in the neighborhood behind me, they have a kangaroo cutout in their Christmas display.

    denise from maryland

  7. If I had been around that giant male kangaroo and he stood up? I would have set the world speed record for running away! I never saw their claws before, very scary. Just saying, if I had finally given birth to the baby kangaroo, no way was I going to let him back in and carry him around!

  8. Love the Kangaroos!!! But I really want to say something about the goats and don’t know where to post the comment!!!! Goats are so amazing and of course live in more countries than one!!! So more of us have a knowledge of them. Goats can be very good pets. I really think goats helped my Gp McAllister live longer because he was able to work with goats after he could no longer get down low enough to milk his cows by hand!!!!!He was in his 80’s and crippled with arthritic hips. So he got rid of the cows, bought some goats and built a platform, taught the goats to get up on it so he could milk them while standing!!!!!! The goats were so smart! Sometimes cows are just duds!!! LOL The goats were fun to play with too!!!!!

  9. And I have lived 14 years in this country and only seen one in the wild, seen lots of signs about kangaroos everywhere though

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