The unusual shape of its legs and its bulky tail hinders it from walking or moving backward very easily.
European explorers first saw these strange hopping animals
they asked a native Australian (aborigine) what they were
called. He replied "kangaroo" meaning "I don't understand"
your question. The explorers thought this was the animal's
name. And that's how the kangaroo got its name.
A male kangaroo is called a boomer. A female is called
a flyer. A baby is called a joey. A Kangaroo is a marsupial
mammal. It is a macropod which means "big foot". There
are over 40 different types (species) of Kangaroo. The
smaller ones are usually called Wallabies. The largest
is the Red Kangaroo. It stands taller than a man and can
weigh 85 kgs. It is the largest marsupial in the world.