Female kangaroos (does or jills) are permanently pregnant
except at the time of giving birth. Kangaroos produce offsprings only
one at a time, so reproduction should be relatively faster to keep up
the population of the species.
Joeys are born so small they look like newborn mice.
Newborn joeys do not have fur, are blind, and small, just about the size
of the lima bean. After birth the joey crawls to the pouch and attaches
itself to one of the teats there.
The kangaroo has 50 (or more, as some count up to 63) other
relations in its Family that includes the wallaby and other smaller
macropods (large footed).
|Joeys live inside the pouch
for as long as nine (more often just eight) months. Once attached to a teat,
joeys do not leave the pouch –in fact stay there connected to the teat---
until they are about six months old. Then they look at the world for short
moments at a time until they get the confidence to look out most of the
time. The joey leaves the pouch permanently when he is about eight months
Mother kangaroos can produce two kinds of milk. Once in a
while, the female kangaroo gives birth to another offspring while the
earlier one still lives in her pouch. So to feed both, the mother must
produce an infant formula and a growing up milk. However, most of the
time the mother kangaroo delivers of a new offspring only after the
previous one has departed from the pouch. She can hold her pregnancy in
abeyance to do this.
||Now that you know more
about the kangaroo, don’t you feel it is special and unique? Thank God there
are kangaroos and their likes. The world is much richer for them, right?