Wait... What Is This Male Kangaroo Doing?
Looks can be deceiving ...
Evan Switzer was on his normal morning walk, when, it being Australia, he encountered some kangaroos. But something was off about them, he heard a "thumping sound", and this is what he saw.
“I saw the male pick up the female, he looked like he was just trying to get her up and see what was wrong with her" Switzer said
Switzer went on to report that the Male would chase any other kangaroos away who came near
Looks pretty straightforward right? Sweet, Daddy Kangaroo, looking after Mommy Kangaroo in her final moments, so sweet. Well, according to scientists, this Kangaroo is not sad. No, he's.... randy.
He's chasing away other Kangaroo's because he's claiming a mate. He's trying to lift her off the ground so that he can mate with her. He may have even previously killed her accidentally in his attempt to mate with her...
"Come on love, it's my birthday!"
Said scientist Mark Eldridge, "The evidence is here sticking out from behind the scrotum (yes, in marsupials the penis is located behind the scrotum),"- in fact other scientists have wondered at the circumstances of the Lady Kangaroo's death, saying that the Male may have indeed been the cause...
yeah, no, that's a look of guilt. Guilty, guilty roo.
So this is a friendly reminder that we shouldn't always project human emotions onto animals, because often animals are just trying to survive, mate, or both at the same time?
Or so we thought....
To learn more about Randy the Roo, you can go here:http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/kangaroo-photos-grieving-mating-1.3403657
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