Australijski torbar, majka kengur čuva bebu kengura u svojoj torbi dok ne odraste.
ETYM Said to be the native name.
Any marsupial of the family Macropodidae found in Australia, Tasmania, and New Guinea. Kangaroos are plant-eaters and most live in groups. They are adapted to hopping, the vast majority of species having very large back legs and feet compared with the small forelimbs. The larger types can jump 9; m/30 ft at a single bound. Most are nocturnal. Species vary from small rat kangaroos, only 30 cm/ 1; ft long, through the medium-sized wallabies, to the large red and great gray kangaroos, which are the largest living marsupials. These may be 1.8; m/ 5.9; ft long with 1.1; m/ 3.5; ft tails.
In New Guinea and N Queensland, tree kangaroos (genus Dendrolagus) occur. These have comparatively short hind limbs. The great gray kangaroo Macropus giganteus produces a single young (“joey”) about 2; cm/ 1; in long after a very short gestation, usually in early summer. At birth the young kangaroo is too young even to suck.
It remains in its mother's pouch, attached to a nipple which squirts milk into its mouth at intervals. It stays in the pouch, with excursions as it matures, for about 280 days.
A new species of kangaroo was discovered 1994 in New Guinea. Local people know it as bondegezou. It weighs 15 kg and is 1.2; m/ 3.9; ft in height. As it shows traits of both arboreal and ground-dwelling species it may be a “missing link”.
Any of several herbivorous leaping marsupials of Australia and New Guinea having large powerful hind legs and a long thick tail.
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