Kangaroos have powerful hind legs, a long and strong tail mainly for balancing as they are the tallest of all other kinds, and small front legs. They belong to the animal family Macropus which literally means, ‘Bigfoot.’ In light of their huge feet, kangaroos can leap 30 feet in a single leap, and hop for more than 30 miles per hour.
Kangaroos usually live in Eastern Australia. They live in small groups called troops or herds or “mobs” in Australian diction, typically made up of fifty or more animals. If they are threatened, these kangaroos pound the ground with their strong feet in a warning. The species of fighting kangaroos may kick their oppositions and sometimes may even bite.
Where the female kangaroos carry a pouch on their belly, made by a fold in their skin, to rock baby kangaroos who are called joeys. Newborn joeys are just one inch long, or about the size of a grape. After birth, joeys travel, without assistance, through their mom’s rich fur to the comfort and security of the pouch. A newborn joey can’t usually swallow, so the kangaroo mom uses her muscles to pump milk down its throat.
Around 4 months after, the joey appears from the pouch to lie and feed on grass and small shrubs. At 10 months, the joey is mature enough to leave the pouch for good.
Recently, a kangaroo named Abigail, a five-month-old baby kangaroo was rescued and taken to a kangaroo sanctuary called Alice Springs in Central Australia. Ever since then she has been growing up there for almost fifteen years and is now the ‘Queen of the sanctuary’.
The difference between Abigail and the rest of the kangaroos is that she spends her time expressing her love and happiness towards her caretakers unlike the others wandering around and searching for food. One of her prominent features is that she tends to embrace her caretakers almost every day with a cozy little hug. It is indeed one of the most adorable sights ever!