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Western Grey Kangaroo
The first specimen of the species was to be named was collected from Kangaroo Island , South Australia in 1802. Frederick Wood Jones unflattering described this Island Kangaroo in 1924 as-"a lumbering, rather stupid looking creature, clumsily built, and by far the slowest of all the kangaroos"-. The island was named in 1802 by Matthew Flinders in honour of this nevertheless very edible species.


Curiously, until Jones pointed out that not only where they still on the island that were regularly being converted into Adelaide into handbags", most zoologists followed Gould in the belief that the species had never even occurred on the island. Today it is clear that the same species is a common grey Kangaroo Western Australia and it occurs in all the eastern States except Tasmania . Clarification others distinction for the eastern grey Kangaroo, however, had to wait until zoological studies at John Kirsch and Bill Poole.

The habitat requirements of the species abroad as ranges from the sclerophyll forest to the semi-arid Savannah and woodlands.

Births occurs throughout the year but a more frequent over the summer months. The destination period is about 30 days. At birth, the young way it over 0.8 gms. Pouch life last for 320 days. Females begin to reproduce when they about 17 months old.


Caring for orphans is a very dedicated job, feeding can take place every few hours. Our nearby neighbour has been a long term carer for kangaroos, this is why we have some very friendly kangaroos visiting around the chalets.
This is Yuki our Japanese WWOOFer visiting the babies.
Yelverton Brook has sponsered the annual "Wildlife Carers" award for many years to help recognise the wonderful work donated by these tireless carers.
The award is announced each year at the local "Busselton Agricultural Show" in early November.

The miracle of the kangaroos life -
When you consider the gestination period is only 33 days that the baby is blind and its rear limbs carefully crossed over each others with develped forearms starts its task of climbing up to its mothers pouch from the cloaca near its mothers tail. This is really equivalent of the blind man with broken legs crawling through a thick forest to the top of Mount Everest using only his arms as means of propulsion, The baby as soon as it was born, small, pink and hairless leaves near its mother's tail and starts on this mammoth feat of endurance with absolutely no assistance from the mother. The little pink blob struggles through the thick fur, it takes about 10 minutes from the time it was born to climb to the rim of the pouch. That it is only one gram to achieve this climb was a miracle in itself, but the task did not in there.

The pouch is approx the size of a large handbag and into this a tiny Kangaroo no bigger than the end joint of adults finger has to climb in and search this enormous very area in order to find its mother's teat. Once having founded the teat it fastens onto it and then it swells up in its mouth thus making a secure connection. So well connected that if you try to pull a baby Kangaroo from the mother's teat you can damage the soft mouth and cause bleeding. This gave rise to the idea that baby Kangaroo is a born on the teat and developed like a bud. After arriving into this world only half formed and then having to undertake this task for survival I feel a baby Kangaroo really deserves its life in it's fur lined, and centrally heated carriage with a built-in milk bar.

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