Kangaroos are said to have a natural ability to box. This animal from Australia is also known for its unique behavior. Photo: ist
JAKARTA – Kangaroos are typical Australian mammals which are also one of the country’s icons. Its cute and adorable appearance makes people tend to think that this animal is a gentle and friendly animal. However, behind this appearance there is the fact that Kangaroos have the ability to fight like boxing.
Here are 7 unique facts about kangaroos, typical Australian mammals that are good at boxing, summarized from various sources, Friday (24/11):
1. Have the ability to fight
Most kangaroos, especially male kangaroos, have the ability to fight as a form of defense. They also fight to maintain dominance or get mates from other kangaroos. A strong body with large muscles makes it easy for kangaroos to fight and win over their opponents.
2. It is the largest marsupial animal on earth
Marsupials are mammals whose females have a stomach pouch (marsupium), which are also known as marsupials. Most of the marsupials in the world are small, such as Koalas, Wombats, Sugar Gliders, Opossums, Tasmanian Devils, Quolls, Numbats and Wallabies. This makes the kangaroo the largest marsupial animal on earth.
3. Some are able to jump high
Kangaroos are known for their way of moving, namely jumping. By jumping, kangaroos can conserve their energy and help them cover long distances in a short time when they are looking for food.
Red kangaroos are able to jump up to speeds of 35 meters per hour, jump 1.8 meters from the ground, and reach up to 7.6 meters in one jump.
4. Kangaroo babies are able to wait to develop until their mother’s pouch is empty
Kangaroos carry their babies for five weeks. After five weeks, the baby kangaroo, also known as joey, must use its hind legs to climb into its mother’s pouch. In this bag, Joey stays for several months to grow and develop.
While the joey is still developing in the pouch, the female kangaroo can become pregnant again. However, the baby kangaroo that is still being conceived will enter a dormant state or inactive state, while waiting for the kangaroo’s pouch to empty again. The baby kangaroo will grow again when the pouch is empty.
5. Kangaroos tend to be left-handed
Most animals use their hands in their daily lives, including Kangaroos. Based on research conducted by researchers, it was discovered that Kangaroos use their left hand primarily. Kangaroos use their left hand to eat and groom themselves. Kangaroo’s two hands have different tasks, the left hand is usually used for precision things, and the right hand is for strength.
6. Kangaroos use their tails as additional legs
Kangaroos use the help of their tails as additional legs when they want to move in environments that tend to be narrow and do not require speed. The kangaroo’s large, muscular tail is equivalent to the strength of its front and hind legs when put together.
7. Has the nickname ‘Mob’ when in a group
Kangaroos in groups are usually called Mobs, Troops, or Herds. Kangaroo Mobs consisting of several dozen Kangaroos can usually change membership due to loose ties between the gang. Groups of male Kangaroos are referred to as Bucks, Boomers, or Jacks, while the females are referred to as Does, Flyers, or Jills.