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An Australian term derived in English Kangaroo, which came to our language as kangaroo . A kangaroo is a animal herbivorous and mammal which is part of the group of marsupials : those species that incubate their young in a ventral bag where the breasts are found.

Kangaroos originate from Oceania and they can live about eighteen years. They move through jumps thanks to its large feet and very powerful hind legs. The tail, extensive, allows them to conserve the Balance and is even used as a bra when they stand.

It is possible to differentiate between different species Kangaroos He Red kangaroo whose scientific name is Macropus rufus , is the largest marsupial today. It can have a length of more than 1.5 meters and weigh about 90 kilograms. These kangaroos move in packs, concentrating their activity at night to better cope with the high temperatures of their habitat.

He giant kangaroo (Macropus giganteus ) and the western gray kangaroo (Macropus fuliginosus ) are other species of kangaroos that can be found in Australia and in other regions of Oceania .

There is a series of marsupial species called wallaby , which many confuse with kangaroos, although it is precisely those that do not reach dimensions bodily to enter that group. There are about thirty species of wallaby, which emerged in Australia and New Guinea. The maximum length of these animals is around 1.2 m and their maximum known weight is 42 kg.

In addition to height and weight, there are other differences that serve to quickly distinguish a kangaroo from a wallaby. For example, the legs of the first are more extensive in relation to the rest of the body, especially the segment that goes from the ankle to the knee, and this makes them appear disproportionate .

This difference in the length of the limbs leads to the speed to which each animal can move and to the type of terrain on which they develop with greater agility: kangaroos are very fast in large plains, while wallaby moves very skillfully in the forests, since their bodies are more compact .

The feeding It is another aspect that clearly differentiates these two types of marsupials. The wallaby lives in the woods and its favorite dish is the leaves, which you can eat without problem thanks to the flat shape of its premolars, ideal for crushing and crushing them, while using its pronounced incisor for eventual cuts.

The kangaroo, meanwhile, has teeth striated and molars with pointed crowns that allow them to cut grass stems, although it also feeds on roots.

Kangaroo is a concept that can also refer to coat which has a hood and a large pocket on the front and at harness which is placed in the upper half of the body To move a baby.

In the colloquial language of Spain On the other hand, the young person who takes care of the children is called kangaroo when their parents leave the house for a weather Not too long. A kangaroo, in this sense, is a babysitter .

It is important to note that, unlike what happens with the term kangaroo with the meaning expressed at the beginning of the definition (that is, as a kind of marsupial), when it serves to refer to a person that takes care of another can be used in both feminine and masculine: while we talk about "the male kangaroo" and "the female kangaroo", we say that "the kangaroo is taking care of my son" or what "This guy is an excellent babysitter".

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