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•Kangaroos belong to the animal family Macropus, literally "big foot."
Thanks to their large feet, kangaroos can leap some 30 feet in a single bound, and travel more than 30 mph (48 kmh).  


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Kangaroos use their strong tails for balance while jumping.
Male kangaroos are called bucks, boomers, jacks, or old men; females are does, flyers, or jills, and the young ones are joeys.
Newborn joeys are just one inch long (2.5 centimeters) at birth, or about the size of a grape.
After birth,  joeys travel, unassisted, through their mom’s thick fur to the comfort and safety of the pouch.
The word "kangaroo" derives from the Guugu Yimithirr an Australian Aboriginal language,and according with a common myth about the kangaroo's English name is that "kangaroo" was a Guugu Yimithirr phrase for "I don't understand you."
According to this legend, Lieutenant Cook and naturalist Sir Joseph Banks were exploring the area when they happened upon the animal. They ask the locals what kind of animal is that and they reply : " I don't understand you " - gangurru
The joey will usually stay in the pouch for about nine months (180–320 days for the Western Grey) before starting to leave the pouch for small periods of time. It is usually fed by its mother until reaching 18 months.

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Type:                                               Mammal
Diet:                                                Herbivore
Average life span in the wild:        Up to 23 years
Size:    Head and body,                 3.25 to 5.25 ft (1 to 1.6 m); tail, 35.5 to 43.5 in (90 to 110 cm)
Weight:                                           200 lbs (90 kg)

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Kangaroos are the only large animals to use hopping as a means of locomotion. The comfortable hopping speed for a red kangaroo is about 20–25 km/h (13–16 mph), but speeds of up to 70 km/h (44 mph) can be attained over short distances, while it can sustain a speed of 40 km/h (25 mph) for nearly 2 km (1.2 mi).
Kangaroos possess powerful hind legs, a long, strong tail, and small front legs. They’re the biggest of all marsupials, standing over 6 feet (2 meters) tall.
A red kangaroo can reach speeds of over 35 miles (56 kilometers) an hour. Their bounding gait allows them to cover 25 feet (8 meters) in a single leap and to jump 6 feet (1.8 meters) high.
A male kangaroos sometimes fight over potential mates. They often lean back on their sturdy tail and "box" each other with their strong hind legs.
Kangaroos can also bite and wield sharp claws, which they may do in battle with an enemy like a dingo.

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