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    2018. 01. 31.

     Roo in the Zoo


    We have welcomed a new member of this special specie that we only have at the Zoo of Sosto – Hungary. Now the family expanded with its 8th member. With Kangaroos and other marsupials it is difficult to tell when are they giving birth since the fetus born at an undeveloped stage. It’s almost like an embryo with its 1-2 cm’s limbs and tail. Its eyes are still closed and have no hair at all. The fetus after birth develops in the cozy purse for two months which gives them protection and warmth. They stick their heads out after 150 days … to look around.


    As the baby develops they spend more time outside of the purse and at the age of 240 days they leave it. They only return for breastfeeding for another 3-4 months.


    The six months old baby kangaroo getting to know their environment each day a little bit better, and preparing to leave for good the comfort and cozy purse.


    Since 2013’ our ZOO has the Australian themed runway with the biggest marsupial, accompanied with dingo’s, Benett Kangaroo’s and Emu’s.


    Our very own colleague leads the role of breeding these species in a closed environment, the Red Kangaroo population since 2017. This roles expands in the whole of Europe.


    The name of origin comes from  ‘Macropus Rufus’ which means giant red foot. If you observe this animal it has an actual huge limb. Looking at the dietary requirements they eat mainly low nutritionist grass and leaf of shrubs.


    Originally they live in Australia, the continent of lack of water. When there is enough nutrition they can chew on you can observe a group of 100 heads of them. The speed they can reach when they fueled up is up to 50 km/hr.


    Interesting facts of the Red Kangaroo’s is that they can give birth up to three fetuses when they are in different stages of development. One is old enough to live outside of the purse while the other still in the purse and the third one can be still in the uterus.


    If the mama Kangaroo loses a fetus for some reason, they don’t have to copulate again. Nature gave them a gift of having another embryo ready for development.


    For faster growth the baby outside of the purse receives milk with higher content of fat from one breast, while the other still inside the purse receives milk with lower content of fat.