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The kangaroo is native to Australia. It is the largest of the marsupials, and a national symbol of Australia. As a marsupial, the kangaroo differs from other mammals in having a pouch on its stomach for carrying its young. Early European explorers in Australia said the kangaroo had a head like a deer (without antlers), stood upright like a man, and hopped like a frog. Kangaroos have large, powerful hind legs, and large feet, well adapted for jumping. They can hop along at 25 miles per hour, and are capable of reaching speeds up to 45 miles per hour for short distances. Play the following video to learn more about the kangaroo.

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