The kangaroo is a strange looking animal. With its long tail, powerful legs and built-in basinet, this creature is sure to draw more than a few looks. Let’s take a leap “down under” to learn more about this animal.
Kangaroos are indigenous to Eastern Australia where they can be found living in large groups, called troops or herds (mobs in Aussie). These groups can be as large as 50 members consisting of males, females and their young. Living in these large herds helps keep the kangaroo safe against predators such as the wild dogs of Australia called, Dingoes. Man is also a threat to these animals as they are hunted for their meat. Outside of these two predators, kangaroos are also facing the loss of their habitat.
In the wild most kangaroos will eat leaves, shoots, grass and fruit (when available). They like to eat in the early morning or the evening. The kangaroo also has the ability to regurgitate its food and re-chew it – much like the cow. The smaller kangaroo, like the musky rat-kangaroo enjoys a more varied diet of insects like grasshoppers, beetles and insect larvae, as well as seeds and fruit. With the kangaroo’s daily intake of fresh green leaves and grasses, it very seldom needs to drink water.
All About Kangaroos
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