The word "kangaroo" comes from "kanguroo" or "gangurru" - the name of this animal in the Guugu-Yimidhirr language of the aborigines of Australia.
The length of the animal's body is 25-160 cm, the tail is 15-105 cm, and the weight ranges from 1.5 to 90 kg.
Pushing off with powerful hind legs, they rush in jumps up to 12 m in length and up to 3 m in height and reach speeds of up to 50 km / h.
Depending on the size, all kangaroos can be divided into three groups, rat or kangaroo rats (smallest), wallaby (medium in size) and giant (largest). The largest are the large ginger kangaroo and the giant gray kangaroo.
Driven by thirst, the kangaroo is able to obtain water for itself by digging a hole 1 m deep.
Every year, starting from the age of two, the female gives birth to one cub about 3 cm long and weighing 2 g, which she carries in a pouch for 6-8 months.
Kangaroos are born just a few weeks after conception, while the mother kangaroo sits in a certain position, sticking its tail between the legs, and the cub (at this moment smaller than the little finger) crawls into her bag. The pouch contains a nipple to which the cub attaches with its mouth. The baby is so weak that he cannot suck on his own, so the mother injects milk into his mouth by contracting a special muscle. After four months, the kangaroo can move independently, but in case of danger it returns to the mother's bag until it finally matures.
The pouch is absent in male kangaroos, but only in females.
Adult large kangaroos are able to stand up for themselves, because a blow from their hind paw will easily break the skull, and with their claws they are able to rip the stomachs of dogs and even people.
In Australia, drivers often get into road accidents because of kangaroos on the road, so they use "kangaroo bumpers" or "kangaroos". Kenguryatniks are also installed on almost all trucks, as they often travel at night outside the city.