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Red Kangaroo

red-kangaroo-MJT_1430The red kangaroo is the largest kangaroo in the world and comes from Australia. They usually stay in groups of 100 or more which are called “mobs”. Kangaroos can move 40 miles per hour and leap 40 or more feet in a single bound. Males are called “boomers” and sometimes referred to as a jack while females are called jill or referred to as “blue fliers”.

When a baby is born it is the size of your thumb nail and is hairless and blind. It crawls up the mother’s stomach until it reaches the pouch. It will stay in the pouch up to 9 months. Kangaroos have what is called delayed implantation which allows the females to hold a fertile egg dormant for several months until she is ready for another young. This is especially helpful because a female will want to have her young during the wet season.