Kangaroos

 

Imagine taking one hop and covering 25 feet in distance while jumping nearly 10 feet high. Not even the best track and field long jumpers can make that claim.

What else makes kangaroos so interesting? Watch the videos below to find out.

 

Did You Know?

I Heard That!

Kangaroos have excellent hearing. They have large ears, which swivel in every direction to pick up sound.

Hippity Hop

Kangaroos have legs designed for hopping and jumping. Just like a pogo stick, a kangaroo’s legs act like powerful compression springs. They jump using their strong hind legs and when their toes touch the ground, the tendons in their legs act like giant springs, which power their next jump.

Fast Feet

On land, kangaroos can’t move their legs independently, only in unison. But in water – yes, they’re good swimmers – kangaroos are able to move each leg on its own.

Built-in Baby Carrier

Kangaroos have a pouch in which their babies (aka joeys) live, drink milk and develop until they’re big enough to face the world. When the joey is born after a gestation period of just 31-36 days, it weighs only a few ounces … about the size of a quarter.

No Sweat

Kangaroos don’t sweat. They cool themselves by licking their paws and rubbing them on their chest.

Mob Mentality

Kangaroos are very social animals. They typically gather in a group (aka mob) of 10-25 kangaroos. The mob has one dominant male (aka the boomer) who sits at the top of the mob’s social structure.