01.08.2014

Kangaroo pregnancy facts

On land kangaroos only ever move their hind legs together, however in water they kick each leg independently to swim.
Like all marsupials, kangaroos are born extremely early; the equivalent of the seventh week of pregnancy for humans.
Young kangaroos (joeys) will sometimes jump head first into their mother’s pouch when frightened.
Kangaroos have excellent hearing, and like some other animals are able to move their ears in different directions without moving the rest of their head.


A group of kangaroos is called a mob, a female is called a jill, a male is called a jack and a baby is called a joey. They can even delay gestation when environmental factors are likely to diminish the chance of young surviving. A gray kangaroo can reach speeds of over 35 miles (56 kilometers) an hour and travel for long distances at 15 miles (24 kilometers) an hour.
Until they reach about 10 or 11 months of age, threatened young kangaroos, called joeys, will quickly dive for the safety of mom's pouch.


As they grow, joeys' heads and feet can often be seen hanging out of the pouch.Larger male kangaroos are powerfully built.
Kangaroos typically employ more of a walking motion when they are looking for food, using their tail to help with movement.



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