Today I want to write about one of the most iconic animals in the Australian bush, the red kangaroo.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- Male red kangaroos stand up to 2 metres tall, making them the largest marsupials in the world. The males are called boomers and the females are called flyers.
- During breeding season, males will fight aggressively in boxing matches, where they punch and kick each other for the chance to mate with the females. The joeys are about the size of a jellybean at birth and climb up to the mother’s pouch without any help.
- Red kangaroos use their powerful legs to jump up to 9 metres when they are travelling at top speed. This saves a lot of energy when travelling in very dry, hot conditions.
- They stay cool during very hot days by hiding in the shade of trees and licking their paws.
- Red kangaroos are very common and can be found in dry areas throughout mainland Australia. They usually live in small groups, but when there is a lot of food and water they can be found in mobs of over 1,000.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about red kangaroos?