red kangaroo

The red kangaroo is an amazing mammal. With its powerful hind legs and long tail, it can leap up to 45 feet (13.5 m) in a single bound! A newborn kangaroo is pretty amazing, too. Blind, bald, and the size of a lima bean, it crawls into its mother's pouch. Safe inside, it attaches to a nipple and grows for months. Animals that typically carry their extremely immature newborns in their pouch are members of a mammal group called marsupials.

Scientific Name: Macropus rufus
Habitat: dry habitats of inland Australia
Diet: grasses
Size: males more than 5 feet (1.5 m) tall; females up to 3.5 feet (1 m) tall; up to 198 pounds (90 kg)
Names: doe (female); buck (male); joey (newborn)
Cool Fact: Red kangaroos can hop up to 37 miles (60 km) per hour, using their long tails for balance!

Image credits: main image, courtesy of Rileypie.