All The Amazing Things You Didn't Know Kangaroos Could Do
The roo is an Aussie icon, loved by people the world over. But let's be real, it's a bloody bizarre animal.
We knew they were bouncy, but they're also buoyant! Footage has emerged of a roo casually paddling in the ocean off a deserted Queensland beach.
The creature doesn't seem to have a care in the world as it gracefully approaches the waves in the crystal clear waters at Kinkuna Beach -- the vision taken by drone operator Jamin Fleming on Sunday.
It's gained a fair bit of traction, because, well, it's not every day you catch a roo going for a swim.
To be brutally honest, some of the team here at 10Daily didn't know kangaroos could swim -- which led us to the question: What else don't we know about the world's largest marsupial.
So here it is, the definitive list of things roos do that you never knew (or maybe you did!?)
- Kangaroos can't move backwards (Emus can't either just FYI). It's largely thanks to its unusually shaped hind legs and bulky tail.
- On land, roos can't move their hind legs independently BUT when they're in the water, they can kick each leg individually.
- The collective noun for kangaroos is a mob, troop, or court.
- They can only sweat while moving. When they rest, kangaroos increase their breathing rate to 200 breaths a minute to reduce body temperature. They also lick their paws and chest to cool down.
- Male roos smell the female's urine to see if she's ready to mate. She will generally choose the biggest male courting her to give her offspring the best genes.
- A female can actually control when she is pregnant by freezing the development of an embryo. It usually happens in times of drought. She can also determine the sex of her offspring.
- Kangaroos have chambered stomachs and many will regurgitate their food to be chewed and swallowed again -- like cows.
- Red kangaroos can reach speeds of 70 km/h but can sustain a speed of 40km/h for nearly two kilometres.
- They can cover seven metres in a single hop and can jump 1.82 centimetres.
- Kangaroos aren't only in Australia -- there are reports of feral colonies in the U.S., U.K. and in France.
- Last but not least, Lulu, a one-eyed pet kangaroo, alerted a family to a man who was trapped under a tree branch. She received the RSPCA Australia National Animal Valour Award for her efforts.
Roos really are weird and wonderful creatures.