Jumpin' Jack the Kangaroo

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Jumpin Jack

I’m Jumpin’ Jack, a red kangaroo, the largest species in the kangaroo kind. That makes me the largest marsupial in the world. What’s a marsupial? Marsupials are animals that are born small and then finish growing in their mother’s pouch. When I was born, I was only the size of a jellybean! I had to crawl into my mother’s pouch to grow from a joey to an adult. And grow I did! Now I’m six feet long from snout to tail.

And my tail is huge! You see, I hop around on two huge feet (kangaroos are macropods, meaning “large feet”) and use this thick tail for balance so I don’t fall over. I can hop at 43 mph if I need to, and I can cover 30 feet in one bound. And a body of water in my way? No worries! I’m a powerful swimmer too!

Us kangaroos have been incredibly well designed for life Down Under. But we didn’t evolve from opossum-like creatures, like many evolutionists believe. There’s no way all the information that makes a kangaroo a kangaroo came from nothing. It was created by God when he made the kangaroo kind on Day Six of creation week.

And you didn’t evolve either! You aren’t related to some apelike creature but were specially designed and made in God’s image. Here’s what the history book of the universe, the Bible, says: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27).

Red Kangaroo Classification

Class: Mammalia
Order: Diprotodontia
Family: Macropodidae
Genus: Osphranter
Species: rufus
Lifespan: 20 years

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