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Boxing kangaroos

Kangaroos are shy and retiring by nature, and in normal circumstances present no threat to humans. Male kangaroos often "box" amongst each other, playfully, for dominance, or in competition for mates.
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  • Why do kangaroos box?
     
    • Kangaroos box because they want to mate with female kangaroos. So first, they have to scare away their rivals.
       
    • Young kangaroos are doing play-boxing because this helps them to learn important skills for their later life.
       
    • Kangaroos box because they are very aggressive animals.
       
     
 
 
Read the text below to find out more about kangaroos.
The kangaroo is a national symbol of Australia: its emblem is used on the Australian coat of arms, on some of its currency, as well as by some of Australia's best known organisations, including Qantas.
Europeans have long regarded kangaroos as strange animals. Early explorers described them as creatures that had heads like deer (without antlers), stood upright like men, and hopped like frogs. Combined with the two-headed appearance of a mother kangaroo, this led many back home to dismiss them as travellers' tales for quite some time.
How did early European explorers describe kangaroos? Match the following pictures of animals with the right sentences.
 
  • men
    suit
     
  • deer
    deer
     
  • frog
    frog
     
  • Kangaroos have got heads like
     
  • Kangaroos stand upright like
     
  • Kangaroos hop like a
     
 
 
 
 
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Information on kangaroos

Kangaroos are the only large animals to use hopping as a means of locomotion. The comfortable hopping speed for Red Kangaroo is about 20-25km/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 two kilometres. This fast and energy-efficient method of travel has evolved because of the need to regularly cover large distances in search of food and water, rather than the need to escape predators. The average life expectancy of a kangaroo is about 4–6 years.
 

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