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Fun Facts About Kangaroos

By Edited May 8, 2014 7 10

The Kangaroo seems to always be associated with Australia, and the Kangaroo is the worldwide icon logo of Australia.

Australia is famous and well-known for many things, but the Kangaroo is the one thing that is always associated with Australia.

When you think of Kangaroos you tend to automatically think of Australia, and when you think of Kangaroos you tend to smile while you think, because the Kangaroo is truly a funny animal.

 

Funny Cartoon Kangaroo

Credit: www.kangarooposters.com/showproduct.aspx?pid=678170

Attacks on humans by Kangaroos are rare, but not unheard of. Usually it seems that a Kangaroo attacks when a tourist steps to close to the kangaroo in order to snap a picture. The Kangaroo may punch the person or jump up and kick the person Jackie Chan style. Deaths from a kangaroo attack are extremely rare but they do occur. It is more likely that the Kangaroos are killed by humans, because traffic and Kangaroos are not on friendly terms, and the Kangaroo crossing signs on the roads in Australia do not prevent accidents.

 

Kangaroo Crossing Sign on a Road in Australia

Credit: www.kangarooposters.com/showproduct.aspx?pid=692080

Attacks on Kangaroo by birds was thought to be fantasy relegated to the Aboriginal mythology beliefs by people outside of Australia and the Outback region; but recently this not only occurred but was also caught on tape[3277]. In fact multiple bird attacks on kangaroos have been caught on tape. Most of these bird attacks that are caught on tape occur in the zoo; however the video below shows a wedge tail eagle swooping in on a Kangaroo. People who are from Australia or are familiar with Kangaroos know that they have very few natural predators, but wedge tailed eagles are one of their main predators. Wedge tail eagles commonly attack kangaroos and then will eat them. If a kangaroo gets hit by a car and killed it is often followed up by some wedge tail eagles showing up for a picnic.

There are many kangaroos that are raised from an infant and trained to work with humans for entertainment value. In the video below we see one of these kangaroos that are trained to work with humans. This kangaroo has boxing gloves on and is supposed to spar lightly with the male handler but what happens instead is the excited kangaroo is a bit frisky and starts punching and kicking. This kangaroo is definitely not following the script he was trained with.

You are constantly in danger if you have any interaction with kangaroos. Seemingly calm kangaroos may get a wild hair up their butt and decide to pull childish pranks like kicking a kid into the water. Anytime you get the chance to see kangaroo you need to always be aware and let the kangaroo have his space.  A punch or kick from a kangaroo can easily break bones and potentially cause internal bleeding that could lead to death.

Movies such as Kangaroo Jack help to romanticize the coolness factor of kangaroos, but children as well as adults need to constantly be aware that you should not simply walk up to a “Roo” and pet it like you would a housecat.

There are different species of kangaroos. The Red Kangaroo is the largest of the various kangaroo species. A red kangaroo can hop up to 44 MPH. A Red Kangaroo has evolved to be able to cover very long distances in a relatively short time. The kangaroo is one of the most unique animals we have on our planet.

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Comments

Apr 10, 2012 6:46pm
JudyE
We have 18 acres and many wild kangaroos come and go through our property and sometimes spend a lot of time feeding there. We also have a pair of wedge-tailed eagles that continually circle our valley. We've seen wedge-tails on carcasses of young kangaroos in our paddocks. They leave very little, picking the remains clean of all meat and leaving just a few bones. I haven't seen them tackle a fully-grown roo so I found the video really interesting. Thanks for a great article.
Apr 11, 2012 5:22am
askformore
Thank you very much for your comment! I regard you as a Kangaroo expert, so your information is much appreciated.
Apr 23, 2012 3:41pm
Nikon
I was wondering when you would mention Kangaroo Jack ;-)
I thought of that first when I read your opening paragraph.
May 25, 2012 1:43am
askformore
Thank you for your comment about Kangaroo Jack - and please tell us more about him.
Apr 26, 2012 6:48pm
Etcetera
My cousins used to have a pet kangaroo on their farm, which acted like a dog and followed them everywhere.
May 25, 2012 1:45am
askformore
A pet kangaroo! That must be the funniest pet to have running around. Thank you for your comment!
May 25, 2012 2:14am
PhilipG
Congratulations on the feature. We have friends in Perth, WA, who "adopted" a young joey that survived a collision with a truck that killed his mum. He's getting big, so he'll most likely move to a sanctuary before long, but he's been great fun to have around (they tell us ...). If you'd like a pic to add to the media for your article, pls PM me.
Jun 6, 2012 2:11pm
askformore
Thank you for the comment, and your offer of an extra cute kangaroo picture. (I will add it soon)
Oct 17, 2012 2:36am
Januarius
Very interesting information about kangaroos.your travels have given you the opportunity to now many things about life.Im much interested to know why,
"The kangaroo is one of the most unique animals we have on our planet?"
Oct 18, 2012 11:20am
askformore
Thank you very much for your visit, and your comments about kangaroos
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Bibliography

  1. "Kangaroo chased down by eagles." 9News. 03/04/2012 <Web >

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