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Giant Red Kangaroos
Australia's red kangaroo is the largest marsupial in the world. They live in groups of two to four members and they breed all year round. The females have a unique ability to delay the birth of their baby until their previous Joey has left the pouch. One young is born at a time and it is blind, hairless with only stumps as hind legs. It is only a few centimeters long and until is develops forelegs and can climb through the thick fur of its mother's abdomen into the pouch, it can fasten onto one of the teats and start to feed. The mother then immediately mates as an egg descends into the uterus. The female kangaroo is permanently pregnant. Males are called 'boomers', are not territorial but will fight over a female when she enter estrus. Females can grow up to 1.5m/5ft tall while the males can an upright posture can be as tall as 2.5m/7ft tall and weigh up to 95 kg/210 lbs.