Think of a hopping animal and the first thing that comes to mind is the Kangaroo. One can observe these hoppers and learn quite a lot.
1. Hop, Hop, Hop around
The first thing that appears in front of our eyes while one mentions the name Kangaroo is their spirited hopping around. This is a great pet especially to encourage children to run around joyfully like these roos. Being cheerful and energetic always attracts others and appreciates being alive.
2. Short Legs Are Not Shortcomings:
The forelegs of the kangaroos and wallabies appear to be very ugly and they seem to spoil their looks. However, they are important in maintaining the balance and also are primary limbs for slower locomotion as these critters cannot be hopping for all their lives. So, never underestimate the nature, as nobody is wiser than nature itself.
3. Use The Resources:
The forelegs are the forelimbs for the Joeys, while the hind legs appear later on as they grow. They appear like a cross (Christ) with just the head, two forelimbs and long body with short tail. Life gives us what we really want. We have to earn what we like, using what we were given initially.
4. Who Needs Huge Tail?
The tails are so huge and heavy that it seems that the animal needs to have an extra meal just to carry this appendage around. However, it is true that the tails ensure balance in top speeds as well as the fifth leg during slow locomotion. Kangaroos can also stand just on their tails while they kick-box amongst themselves. Never go by appearances.
In Picture: Two red kangaroos kickboxing (Image Source: Wikipedia)
5. Cows or Roos:
The Australian continent does not have grazers to control the grass population there. The kangaroos are a boon to the island. So, whenever there is a need, the solution arrives naturally. So, accepting the change and adapting them are the best way to make progress.
6. Babies Are Tiny:
The time when mammalian babies would be surrounded in warm liquid in a cozy bag within the mother’s stomach, the marsupial babies are out of their mother’s body, but within a pouch. The pouch is not as cozy as a fetus, but is enough for the pink little critter till they are ready to hop around.
7. Grow Out of The Pouch:
The joeys will be kicked out of their pouches by their very own moms once they grow up. Just because one is very comfortable with something, one cannot stay in there forever. Everyone has to learn to be on their own someday or other and explore out of their comfort zone for success.
8. Move On or Move Away:
There are so many types of kangaroos such as wallabies (marsupial version of goats) and tree kangaroos (marsupial’s answer to monkeys). One would not think a tree kangaroo to be a true kangaroo. However, they have evolved according to the needs and availability of resources.
9. Backup Plans Backs Up:
The kangaroos are very fast when they are hopping though the Australian bush. However, they do not just run around always. If cornered, they never mind to stand their ground with their tails and deliver a kick or two with their powerful hind legs. So, one needs to know when to flee the problem and when to stand up and fight. Also, having a backup plan is always wise, as not everything goes as planned.
10. What Helps Also Hinders:
The strong long hind legs are very helpful indeed while fleeing from danger or while looking out for new areas of fodder. However, the same can be a huge hindrance while lying down or while moving slowly while feeding. So, one has to learn how to use their gifts wisely and effectively without complaining.
Observe these great long hoppers to grab a few lessons for life.