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Interesting Facts about Kangaroos (カンガルーについて) No.1

There are many interesting facts about kangaroos. Over the next few entries I will share some of them with you.

There is a popular myth about the origin of the word ‘kangaroo’. The myth goes that when European explorers first saw the strange creatures they asked a native Australian what they were called and they said ‘kangaroo’ meaning “I don’t understand”. The explorers thought it was the animal’s name and that’s how kangaroos got their name.

In truth, however; the word kangaroo comes from the Aboriginal Guugu Yimithirr tribe’s word ‘gangurru’ which is the word for grey kangaroos.

A male kangaroo is named a buck, boomer or jack and a female kangaroo is called a flyer, doe or jill.

A young kangaroo is called a joey and a group of kangaroos is called a mob.

Below is a picture of my niece Suliana Tesi Jr with a kangaroo in Melbourne, Australia.

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