posted on May, 16 2012 @ 12:28 AM
reply to post by Germanicus
They will use their legs to tear your stomach open
is that hyperbole, or a figure of speech?
lol never mind
Male kangaroos often "box" amongst each other, playfully, for dominance, or in competition for mates. The dexterity of their forepaws is used in
both punching and grappling with the foe, but the real danger lies in a serious kick with the hind-leg. The sharpened hind claws can disembowel an
lol did some googling and learned that Kang-ga-roo does NOT mean "i don't know"
still learned a few new things
'roos don't fart
Absence of digestive methane release
Despite having a herbivorous diet similar to ruminants such as cattle which release large quantities of methane through exhaling and eructation,
kangaroos release virtually none. The hydrogen byproduct of fermentation is instead converted into acetate, which is then used to provide further
energy. Scientists are interested in the possibility of transferring the bacteria responsible from kangaroos to cattle, since the greenhouse gas
effect of methane is 23 times greater than that of carbon dioxide, per molecule.
Kangaroos have few natural predators. The thylacine*, considered by palaeontologists to have once been a major natural predator of the kangaroo, is
now extinct. Other extinct predators included the marsupial lion, Megalania and the Wonambi. However, with the arrival of humans in Australia at least
50,000 years ago and the introduction of the dingo about 5,000 years ago, kangaroos have had to adapt. The mere barking of a dog can set a full-grown
male boomer into a wild frenzy. Wedge-tailed eagles and other raptors usually eat kangaroo carrion. Goannas and other carnivorous
reptiles also pose a danger to smaller kangaroo species when other food sources are lacking.
Along with dingos and other canids, introduced species like foxes and feral cats also pose a threat to kangaroo populations. Kangaroos and wallabies
are adept swimmers, and often flee into waterways if presented with the option. If pursued into the water, a large kangaroo may use its forepaws to
hold the predator underwater so as to drown it. Another defensive tactic described by witnesses is catching the attacking dog with the forepaws
and disembowelling it with the hind legs.
The thylacine binomial name: Thylacinus cynocephalus, Greek for "dog-headed pouched one") was the largest known carnivorous marsupial of modern
times. It is commonly known as the Tasmanian tiger (because of its striped back) or the Tasmanian wolf. Native to continental Australia, Tasmania
and New Guinea, it is thought to have become extinct in the 20th century. It was the last extant member of its family, Thylacinidae, although several
related species have been found in the fossil record dating back to the early Miocene.
The thylacine had become extremely rare or extinct on the Australian mainland before European settlement of the continent, but it survived on the
island of Tasmania along with several other endemic species, including the Tasmanian devil. Intensive hunting encouraged by bounties is generally
blamed for its extinction, but other contributing factors may have been disease, the introduction of dogs, and human encroachment into its habitat.
Despite its official classification as extinct, sightings are still reported, though none proven.
Like the tigers and wolves of the Northern Hemisphere, from which it obtained two of its common names, the thylacine was an apex predator. As a
marsupial, it was not closely related to these placental mammals, but because of convergent evolution it displayed the same general form and
adaptations. Its closest living relative is thought to be either the Tasmanian devil or numbat. The thylacine was one of only two marsupials to have a
pouch in both sexes (the other being the water opossum). The male thylacine had a pouch that acted as a protective sheath, covering the
male's external reproductive organs while he ran through thick brush. It has been described as a formidable predator because of its ability
to survive and hunt prey in extremely sparsely populated areas.
gotta hand it to you aussies, you've got some interesting critters
umm you do know uncyclopaedia is bogus?
edit on 16-5-2012 by DerepentLEstranger because: added edit and comment and link
on 16-5-2012 by DerepentLEstranger because: was wondering were my previus comment had disapeared to