Kangaroos – aren’t they cute? But they kick really hard – we mean, damn hard! So, steer clear of their kicking radius! Well, kangaroos are marsupials and live primarily in Australia and they are so popular that they have strong cultural references. So, let us today learn 40 interesting kangaroo facts. Many of you may already know about these kangaroo facts but let us consider this as a mere refresher course. Well, if you happen to learn something new here, do let us know!
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1. The name ‘Kangaroo’ originated from an aboriginal language known as Guugu Yimihirr. The actual word was ‘Gangurru’ that the aboriginals used for describing the grey kangaroo.
2. Some people believe that the name actually originated from an aboriginal word that meant ‘I don’t know’. That is nothing but a pure urban myth.
3. Kangaroos are marsupials. Marsupials are those animals that carry their babies in a pouch.
4. Kangaroos are mostly found in Australia but they are also found in one other place – Papua New Guinea. The species found in Papua New Guinea is the Tree Kangaroo.
5. Buck, Jack and Boomer are the names given to adult male kangaroos.
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6. Adult female kangaroos are known by the names Jill, Flyer and Doe.
7. Just like the adult male and female kangaroos, even the younger fellows have a name. They are called Joeys.
8. There are many types of kangaroos. Red Kangaroos usually live in open plains. Western and Eastern Grey Kangaroos usually live in scrublands and moist forests of south-western, southern and eastern Australia. The habitats of Western and Eastern Grey Kangaroos often end up overlapping with that of Red Kangaroos.
9. Despite the fact that Western and Eastern Grey Kangaroos are THE MOST COMMON species found in Australia, the Red Kangaroos have managed to grab more fame.
10. We have another type of kangaroo known as the Wallaroos. They are found in inland Australia. They prefer rocky outcrops and stone country as their habitat.