We all know that kangaroos are mammals who jump and leap to move around that can be found in Australia. Aside from that, they are also known for carrying their offspring into their pouches to keep them safe. Kangaroos are amazing mammals, But I am sure that you will be more amazed by them once you hear more cool facts about kangaroos that you haven’t heard yet. Check out this variety of amazing facts that you don’t know before
1. Kangaroos can’t walk in two legs
Considering that kangaroos have very powerful and muscular hind legs, these pair of legs can’t be moved independently that makes them unable to walk using only 2 of their legs. But with the use of all 4 of their legs, they can slowly walk which is rarely seen. Yet you should be careful, as their hind legs can give you a fatal blow when you fool around kangaroos.
2. You don’t mess with the kangaroos
When they are about to meet some danger, they alert other members of their group called “mob” by heavily stomping the ground. But anybody should not think of messing around them, as kangaroos can knock you down using their arms and legs for throwing punches and kicks. They even turntable around whenever predators chase them as they lure them into bodies of water. Once lured, kangaroos will leap over the predator and hold them off under until they are drowned.
3. Kangaroos are great athletes
It is given that they always jump and leap whenever you see kangaroos, but did you know that they can jump and leap with almost the same height and length athletes ever recorded? The high jump world record is 2.45 meters set by Javier Satomayor of Cuba in 1993, while the long jump world record is 8.95 meters set by Mike Powell of the USA on 1991. Kangaroos can travel 8 meters in 1 leap and can jump as high as 1.5 to 2 meters.
4. Kangaroos are helping us to resolve the greenhouse effect
Scientists succeed in proving that kangaroos only produce a very minimal amount of methane, wherein methane is considered a greenhouse gas. It is said that there are bacteria within the digestive system of kangaroos that drastically reducing the methane being produced by the marsupials. Scientists are now thriving to find a way culturing these bacteria and putting it into cows which are the primary producer of methane gas.
5. Kangaroos can delay giving birth
Kangaroos are mammals with a very special ability to delaying their childbirth or pause their pregnancy. Kangaroos tend to pause their pregnancy whenever they feel that the current environment will not help in increasing the survival of their offspring. This is such a motherly love given by an animal into its child, scientists call this ability as “diapause”.
All these cool facts help us more to understand how animals live in our biodiversity. The population of kangaroos might not be on the brink of danger, but as humans, it is our responsibility to maintain these animals’ existence. The pleasure of seeing these animals roam around today is such a gift for us that we should also share with the future generations to let them witness the majestic beauty of our biodiversity.