A kangaroo is an animal found
only in Australia, although it has a
smaller relative, called a wallaby,
which lives on the Australian
island of Tasmania and also in
New Guinea.
Kangaroos eat grass and plants.
They have short front legs, but
very long, and very strong back
legs and a tail. These are used for
sitting up and for jumping.
Kangaroos have been known to
make forward jumps of over eight
metres, and leap across fences
more than three metres high. They
can also run at speeds of over 45
kilometres per hour.
The largest kangaroos are the Great
Grey Kangaroo and the Red
Kangaroo. Adult grow to a length
of 1.60 metres and weigh over 90
Kangaroos are marsupials. This
means that the female kangaroo
has an external pouch on the front
of her body. A baby kangaroo is
very tiny when it is born, and it
crawls at once into this pouch
where it spends its first five
months of life
The Camel.
The camel is a large, strong desert animal. Camels can travel great distances across hot, dry deserts with little food or water. They walk easily on soft sand and carry people and heavy hump. The hump is a large lump of fat providing energy if food is hard to find. There are two chief kinds of camels: (1) the Arabian camel also loads to places that have no roads. Camels also serve the people of the desert in many other ways. The camel carries its own built-in food supply on its back in the form of a called dromedary, which has one hump, and (2) Bactrian camel, which has two humps.