Hi! I’m a Rottweiler pup. I’m a really, really good boy and I LOVE making new best friends! Are you a doggo too?
Hmmm. You have awfully big paws to be a dog. And your tail is HUGE! WOW! I can’t sit on my tail like you can. It wags too much anyway, it’s kinda hard for me to keep my butt still.
But boy oh boy, you are sure good at petting. I love pets on my nose and ears. Your arms are tiny, but they get the job done. You should probably just let me nibble on them a bit, just so I can see what you taste like….yup, just…okay…but….stay still now!
Oh, you can jump? Look, me too! Well, maybe not as high. Anyway, let’s run around and play a bit!
What’s that—you’re not a dog? You’re a…a kanga WHO?
A kangaroo. Gotcha. Well, even though you’re not a doggo like me, I think we can still be best buds.
Did you know?
- There are four species of kangaroo: the red kangaroo, the eastern gray kangaroo, the western gray kangaroo, and the antilopine kangaroo.
- Kangaroos can jump as high as 30 feet in a single leap, and run up to 30 miles per hour! That’s a bit faster than Rottweilers, who can run up to about 25 miles per hour.
- Kangaroos can grow to about 6 to 8 feet tall and weigh as much as 200 pounds—and their tail can get grow to over 43 inches long! That’s pretty impressive for only eating plants.
- In the wild, kangaroos can live for about 23 years on average.
- A type of mammal known as a marsupial, kangaroos come from Australia and live together in groups of about 50 or more. Kangaroos are VERY strong and use their powerful legs and arms to jump, kick, and punch. If they have to fight to protect themselves, they may even bite. Full-grown male kangaroos are so strong that their kick has about 759 pounds of force.
- Female kangaroos have pouches on their bellies that can hold their babies. Baby kangaroos are called joeys. When joeys are born, they’re only about the size of a grape. They’ll grow while staying snuggled up inside their mama’s pouch, occasionally leaving to explore a little or nibble on grass and shrubs. Baby joeys are usually big enough to leave their moms’ pouches for good by the time they turn 10 months old.