"The Kangaroo"


1. Describe the creature physically.
a. What does it look like?
b. What does it feel like?
c. What does it smell like?
d. How many legs does it have?
e. Does it have a tail?
f. What are the animal's habits?
g. Is it intelligent?
h. What creature is it related to?
i. What is it's name singular? Plural?
j. What are it's babies names?

A1. When Europeans first set foot on Australia in 1770, they
were amazed by a strange animal that stood upright, balanced
on it's powerful hind legs and enormous tail. It moved by
leaping around, almost like our human jumping. This
amazing creature was the kangaroo, often referred to as the
"Boomer" or "Old Man" in Australia. The Gray Kangaroo,
the most well known species average weight is 145 pounds and
from nose to tip of the tail is 10 feet long. The tail alone is
about 4 feet long. The kangaroo has a small head with large
ears and a small mouth. The fur is soft and woolly and some
can have stripes on them. The kangaroo's body is specially
built for jumping. It has two long, powerful hind legs with
four toes on each. The front legs are short and have five toes
with claws. These paws are used to handle food. Most of it's
weight it in the hind legs and tail. Kangaroos can jump across
flat land up to thirty miles an hour. Even though it is quite
timid, kangaroos can fight very hard. They use there paws to
position an opponent, and then kick them with the powerful
back legs. They can rip a dog or small child to death with a
single stroke. Kangaroos belong to the family Macropodidae,
or Marsupials. It is related to the Koala, Tazmanian Devil,
Walaroo, and many other species of Kangaroo(nearly 100).
When the baby kangaroo (or Joey) is born, it is about an inch
long and crawls into it's mother's pouch where it eats and
sleeps. The Joey remains in the pouch for about ten months.

Q2. Where do they come from? Where can they be found?
A2. More than 100 species of kangaroo live in the open
spaces of Australia, New Guinea, and nearby islands.
Fossils of this creature have been found on many
occasions.

Q3. Name its habitat.
A3. Most of the kangaroo species lives in the open fields of
the Outback. Tree Kangaroos live in the trees high above
the others.

Q4. Survival- What does it eat? Drink? What is it's prey? Is it
a predator? Does it live by killing and consuming other
animals? What animals prey on it?
A4. The kangaroo drinks water from the streams and rivers
that run throughout Australia. They drink very little
water. They can last two months without it. The
kangaroo is not really a predator, they eat mostly grass.
They are nocturnal animals(sleep during the day, go out
at night). Their predators consist of humans, wild dogs,
Pythons, and large birds of prey.


Q5. Morbidity- How long does it live?
A5. The life expectancy of a kangaroo in the wild is 12-18
years. In captivity, it has been 25 years.

Q6. Is it harmful, dangerous? Does it spread disease?
A6. Although the kangaroo is not dangerous to animals, it is
to it's enemies. Kangaroos can be strong fighters in a
fight. They are hunted by man because they destroy
crops and their skin is used in some forms of leather.

Q7. To whom is it friendly?
A7. The kangaroo can be quite friendly to anything that
poses no threat to them. If it does pose a threat, they will
be very vicious. It is very dangerous to attempt getting
close to one.

Q8. History of the creature? How old is the species? Where?
A8. The modern day kangaroo is the descendant of kangaroos
who stood an average of ten feet tall and weighed
somewhere near 300 pounds. Fossils of these mammoth
creatures where found in Australia. The kangaroo got
it's name when a groups of Europeans asked a native the
name of this amazing creature. He replied "Kangaroo"
which meant I don't understand. The men misunderstood
this, thinking that was the creature's name.

Q9. Uses of this creature- food, medicine, skins, jewelry etc.
A9. The kangaroo is hunted by man for it's leather-like skin.
It is sometimes also used as a food (Kangaroo Steak).





Q10. Mating- When does it mate? How often does it mate?
How many babies does it have at a time? What do you
call the babies?
A10. Kangaroos mate externally, and in the spring. They do
not mate