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Kangaroos grow to 5 1/2 feet tall and can weigh 200 pounds, which is about the same size as a grown man.

When hopping, kangaroos spend about 70 percent of the time in the air. Their powerful rear legs are used in travel. Their front legs are used more like arms, since kangaroos spend much of their time upright. A kangaroo’s tail is used for balance when hopping and standing.
They often use their tails as a third leg.

Kangaroos can hop at speeds over 40 miles-per-hour.

They use their forearms to groom. They lick their arms, then rub them along their bodies to comb and release dirt. They also use their claws to scratch and comb their hair.

kang 18When kangaroo babies are born they are the size of a lima bean. After they are born, they travel to the mother’s pouch and remain in the pouch until they are at least 6-months-old. This motherly characteristic is found in a group of animals classified as marsupials. Red Kangaroos are the largest of this group.

A boy kangaroo is called a buck, boomer, jack or old man.
A girl kangaroo is called a doe, flyer, jill, or roo.A group of kangaroos is called a mob, troop or herd.
A baby kangaroo is called a joey.

 

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Trivia Questions

1. A male Kangaroo, Wallaroo or Wallaby is called __________.
A. Bull
B. Boomer
C. Rooster

 

2. An adult male Red Kangaroo can weigh up to __________.
A. 20 pounds
B. 200 pounds
C. 1000 pounds

 

Guess What?
Kangaroos CANNOT walk backwards.

 

Macropod means “big feet.”
This family of animals includes kangaroos, wallaroos and wallabies. This group includes over 50 species.


Answers: B and B

 

 

Jokes

What do you get if you cross an elephant and a kangaroo?
Big holes all over Australia!

Why do kangaroo mums hate bad weather?
Their kids have to play inside.

Why did the wallaby cross the road?
Because it was the chicken’s day off.

 

Riddles

When does a kangaroo jump the highest?
In leap year.

What is a kangaroo's favorite season?
Spring.

Why did the kangaroo hesitate?
He didn't want to jump to a conclusion.

Why would kangaroos make unreliable sailors?
Because they'd always be jumping ship.

 

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