Kangaroos are marsupials that are found in Eastern Australia. They are known for having two small front legs, powerful hind legs, and a strong long tail. National Geographic Kids reports that kangaroos can travel 30 miles per hour and move up to 30 feet in just one jump! A group of kangaroos is called a herd or a troop. (Some refer to them as mobs).
A kangaroo carries her baby in her pouch. The newborn is called a joey. When they threatened, or whenever they are in danger, kangaroos pound the ground with their feet as a warning. They fight by kicking and biting their opponent.
But not all kangaroo show hostility when approached. Some are loving and even show affection to people. A kangaroo at Australia’s Kangaroo Sanctuary Alice Springs, in particular, is known for showing immense affection. Her caretakers have even said that she is the most affectionate kangaroo they have even seen.
Abigail (commonly called Abi) is ten years old. She has been in the sanctuary since she was rescued as a baby. To show her gratitude, she hugs her caretakers every day!
The caretakers say that Abi has been doing this for a very long time. She was rescued and brought to the sanctuary when she was just five months old. The love between the caretakers and Abi can clearly be seen in these pictures!
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