From the archives

These images were made over several trips to Melbourne Zoo and just struck me as being worthy of a WordPress post.

These are Eastern Grey Kangaroos (Macropus giganteus) and are found in the eastern third of Australia.   They can weigh 66kg and grow to 6’6″ when standing upright.   In other words, you don’t want to mess around with a kangaroo.   Actually, the Red Kangaroo found in arid Australia is larger and can weigh up to 90kg.

Here’s an extract from Wikipedia.

The eastern grey kangaroo is the second largest and heaviest living marsupial and native land mammal in Australia. An adult male will commonly weigh around 50 to 66 kg (110 to 146 lb) whereas females commonly weigh around 17 to 40 kg (37 to 88 lb). They have a powerful tail that is over 1 m long in adult males.[4] Large males of this species are more heavily built and muscled than the lankier red kangaroo and can occasionally exceed normal dimensions. One of these, shot in eastern Tasmania weighed 82 kg (181 lb), with a 2.64 m (8.7 ft) total length from nose to tail (possibly along the curves). The largest known specimen, examined by Lydekker, had a weight of 91 kg (201 lb) and measured 2.92 m (9.6 ft) along the curves. When the skin of this specimen was measured it had a “flat” length of 2.49 m (8.2 ft).[5]

  1.  “Are you still in there Little Joey?”  (a joey is a baby kangaroo).

2.  Check out the joey popping its head out of its Mother’s pouch on the left.

3.  The image below reminds me of a human sprawling out and relaxing.

4.  You might think the kangaroos are having a bit of a cuddle in the image below, but actually, this shot was the start of a fight.  I seem to have lost the rest of the series made on this visit to the zoo in the computer crash last year.  Kangaroos actually have ‘boxing matches’.

5.   I included this shot as it shows how large (and strong) their tails are.

……and some images from my brother’s farm (10 acres).   There are some better shots but they don’t seem to be filed in the Kangaroo Folder so not sure where they are.