Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Kangaroos, Ears and Sleeping

It is the most glorious autumn day here.  The sun is shining and Merrilyn is enjoying the sun with her two youngest girls. Life isn't easy when you are a kangaroo.  They are always on alert for danger and so it is lovely to see them relax.  I think, because I raised her, Merrilyn often comes here to feel safe and when I'm out and around she knows I am keeping watch.



 Here she takes a roll onto her back.  Tomasina watches on.

 Back upright, baby Rocky comes over to see what the fuss is about.

Take a look at Tomasina's ears.  Something most people don't realise is that their two ears work totally independently and can turn almost all the way around.  You can see in this photo that the ear on the left is listening to something behind and the ear on the right is picking me up.  Her eyes are getting sleepy, however this is the way she will take most of her rest.

 As she drops off to sleep her nose reaches the ground.

This is a very rare photo.  Merrilyn on the right and her youngest joey, Rocky, on the left, both fully flat out.


Merrilyn fast asleep on her arm.  You can just see the pink tinge of her pouch opening.  I spotted her head inside, cleaning, earlier, so I'm fairly sure that joey number seven is growing in there, though it will be some months before we see a head pop out.  I wonder if it will be male or female?  So far we've had one male and
five females, so you'd think we may have a male, though conditions have been pretty good and that favours more females being born.   Kangaroos have an amazing reproductive system that even allows them to hold a fertilised joey embryo back if conditions are unfavourable so, with conditions good, nature may be creating more breeding females to ensure the species survival.  Around here that's not so much down to natural conditions anymore.  The survival of Merrilyn and the other wild roos around here very much depends on the humans who live around here and whether they are prepared to keep their scrubby bush.

2 comments:

  1. Awww, love the photos. Keep 'em coming.

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  2. Such a wonderful intrduction to the kangaroo. I learned a great deal. Loved the pictures. Can't imagine having them so close and so a part of your life. They are so beautiful.

    Will enjoy hearing more about your life in the bush. My idea of it is more or less what I saw on the TV version of "The Thornbirds" And I want to hear about the elephant.

    Thank you for visiting my blog. Come again!!

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