Kangaroos are large marsupials that are found in Australia. While multiple species of kangaroos exist, ranging in size from 5.25ft in length to 5 to 6 inches, most share a few important characteristics; their muscular legs and tails.
Kangaroos rely entirely on their legs and tail for transportation, even using their tail as a fifth leg when feeding or walking slowly. In fact, holding a kangaroo's tail off the ground can prevent a kangaroo from being able to jump. As long as a kangaroo has full use of their tail though, they can cover up to 15 feet in one hop and travel as fast as 30mph, typically outrunning danger. If a kangaroo must face a threat, the animal will kick and box its opponent.
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