With the advent of the World Cup in South Africa, the denizens of Fragile Earth Stuffed Animals are starting to show their true colors. And the most vocal is one of the least likely suspects … Katy No Pocket. Although her family emigrated to the United States many years ago, she is still a die hard Australian Football fan – and really, can you blame her?
While she’s off muttering something about Socceroos, I thought I’d fill you in on some quick notes about kangaroos.
- Did you know that Captain Cook, the infamous explorer, supposedly first coined the word kangaroo? When told by the Aboriginal Natives that a grey kangaroo was a gangurru, he heard it as kangaroo and the name stuck.
- Kangaroos come from the family Macropods, which means big feet – fitting, don’t you think?
- Kangaroos travel in groups called mobs. I’d hate to see them at a football game!
- Kangaroos eat mostly grass and can survive for long periods of time without water. Even though they eat so many greens, they do not pass gas. Instead, their bodies transfer the methane into extra energy. They prefer to leave the farting to Walter!
- Kangaroos are nocturnal, preferring to do their moving and grooving at night.
- Baby kangaroos, called joeys, stay in their mother’s pouch for nine months, and then start going out on their own for extended periods of time. But they will return to their moms for food and safety for another 9 months.
Well, I learned something today – hopefully you did too:) Let it be known that we at Fragile Earth Stuffed Animals are sharing vital information with our fans!
*Chant used primarily in Australia for controversial players of opposing teams.