Facts about Kangaroos
While a male kangaroo is called buck, jack, or boomer, the female is known as doe, jill, or flyer. As for the young one, it is referred to as joey. The origin of the word 'kangaroo' is still a subject of debate.
True herbivores that they are, they prefer grazing and derive necessary nutrients from the grasses they eat. Some species are also known to feed on young shoots of plants.
They regurgitate food and churn again. Their digestion is similar to that of other ruminating animals. Bacterial strains present in their stomach aid in reducing methane gas production.
In some case, kangaroos carry an embryo, which does not develop till the previous joey stops suckling its mother.
And Some Interesting Facts
- Though they just hop, they are very good at it. Some kangaroos can move at a speed of approximately 56 km per hour, with each leap covering 25 feet at a stretch.
- Kangaroos are not just gifted with good eyesight, but also have the ability to swivel their ears to collect sound waves from all directions.
- In the event of fight, they use their forelimbs to deliver strong punches, and hind legs to deliver kicks. Males often fight amongst themselves to get attention from females.