red kangaroos

anonymous asked:

As an Australian, I feel strangely personally offended by your disgust for kangaroos. Like, I agree, male Red kangaroos are huge and terrifying. But the only kangaroos most people see are sweet little Greys, who continue to graze happily as you walk past them, and stare at you calmly with their huge, dark, all-knowing eyes. Which, you know, can be kinda creepy. But c'mon, Dad. Don't be mean to kangaroos. We're not mean to your Deer friends just because Moose exist and are terrifying.

I understand your concerns, and I think that all animals deserve respect and safety. I should have been more specific about what kind of kangaroos I think will be there to meet me at the gates of my personal hell. Not all kangaroos are nightmare machines. Some are chubby jumping gals, and those are pretty good.

However, male red kangaroos are scary and I am scared of them, and if I ever saw one up close, I would black out and pee my pants and cry, in no particular order.

The red kangaroo is an amazing mammal. With its powerful hind legs and long tail, it can leap up to 26–30 feet (8–9 m) in a single bound!

Red kangaroos can have babies in three different stages of development all relying on mom at the same time. An inch-long (2.5 cm) newborn receives one type of milk from a nipple inside the pouch while a larger, older sibling drinks from a nipple that supplies milk with a higher fat and protein content. In the meantime, a fertilized egg can be kept in suspension in the womb, ready to start growing when one of the other babies stops nursing.

Learn more about kangaroos and other extreme mammals. 

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Red Kangaroo

Red Kangaroos are indigenous to Australia. They are the largest marsupials in the world. The young are called joeys, and grow up in their mother’s pouch. A group of kangaroos is called a mob.

Kangaroo’s legs cannot move independently, so they must hop everywhere. They can jump 6 feet in the air and cover 25 feet in one hop. They can reach up to 35 miles an hour with their bounding gait.

Image and information from National Geographic.