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« on: 21/01/2008 21:50:19 »
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« Reply #1 on: 21/01/2008 22:35:46 »
grrr !!

SOLO the Swimming Kangaroo can be found HERE






"If you think there’s something funny about the picture you’d be right.  Kangaroos don’t usually swim.  They can, and they’re actually quite good at it, using their powerful back legs in a dog paddle style.  It’s an interesting quirk of a kangaroo’s biology that it can only use its legs independently when swimming. But they generally only take to the water when they’ve been chased into it."
 

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« Reply #2 on: 21/01/2008 23:44:19 »
 :o Doggy-paddling roos! Now there's a novelty.
 

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« Reply #3 on: 22/01/2008 00:10:34 »
Welcome back, Eth - we've been wondering about your absence.
 

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« Reply #4 on: 22/01/2008 00:46:55 »
Welcome back, Eth - we've been wondering about your absence.

Thank you, George. I've been hibernating.
 

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« Reply #5 on: 22/01/2008 01:16:38 »
Yes indeed you have.. Glad to see you back.. welcome home!


Thats cool, I did not know they could swim either! He is a cute kangaroo.

grrr !!


"If you think there’s something funny about the picture you’d be right.  Kangaroos don’t usually swim.  They can, and they’re actually quite good at it, using their powerful back legs in a dog paddle style.  It’s an interesting quirk of a kangaroo’s biology that it can only use its legs independently when swimming. But they generally only take to the water when they’ve been chased into it."

do you mean that on land their feet stay together like when jumping or kicking the soup out of ya???
 

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« Reply #6 on: 22/01/2008 03:43:18 »
I think it's more a case of it's more labour intensive for them to move their feet individually on land... take away some of that pesky gravity...
 

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« Reply #7 on: 22/01/2008 20:09:43 »
I only realised they could swim a few weeks ago after reading a news article.

A man was walking his dog on a beach in Australia when he saw a Kangaroo in the sea. A few moments later a shark pounced on it and dragged it down. He reported it to the police who did not believe him at first then someone else reported it. Remains were also found washed up on the beach.

They said it was very rare as Kangaroos don't normally take to water.


The original meaning of the word "Kangaroo".

"I don't understand"

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« Reply #8 on: 22/01/2008 22:27:28 »
And they are marsupials - just to keep the zoology in this thread. (I have tonnes of little known trivia I am willing to share.)
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« Reply #9 on: 22/01/2008 22:29:31 »
Welcome back, Eth - we've been wondering about your absence.

Thank you, George. I've been hibernating.

I KNOW for sure that beavers don't hibernate. - You were in Russia going after all the girly beavers east of the Urals.
 

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« Reply #10 on: 23/01/2008 03:43:52 »
Lucky marsupials, a pouch would be neat

 

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« Reply #11 on: 26/01/2008 21:29:25 »
Welcome back, Eth - we've been wondering about your absence.

Thank you, George. I've been hibernating.

I KNOW for sure that beavers don't hibernate. - You were in Russia going after all the girly beavers east of the Urals.

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« Reply #12 on: 27/01/2008 15:53:58 »
can kangaroos swim? -Bound to.
 

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« Reply #13 on: 27/01/2008 23:41:26 »
Bound? I didn't know roos were into bondage  [:0]
 

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« Reply #14 on: 28/01/2008 20:02:16 »
no doc, as in 'bounding along' !
 

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« Reply #15 on: 29/01/2008 08:08:26 »
no doc, as in 'bounding along' !

Boun Dinga Long, the famous Laotian mystic and founder of the Hoo Dun Dat method of martial arts.
 

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« Reply #16 on: 29/01/2008 21:00:40 »
and his brother Plod.....!
 

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« Reply #17 on: 29/01/2008 23:47:33 »
His brother's a policeman?  [:0]
 

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« Reply #18 on: 02/02/2008 14:04:30 »

The original meaning of the word "Kangaroo".

"I don't understand"

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According to QI, Kangaroo = "I don't understand" is a myth.

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Erm, no, I'll tell you the story. It's . . . In a strange way, it's sort of less interesting, but . . . but being the truth, it's quite interesting. Er, w— . . . In Baagandji, what it means is "horse", er, because in 18th-century Australia, there were 700 Aboriginal tribes speaking 250 separate languages between them. "Kangaroo" comes from the Guugu Yimithirr language, spoken around Botany Bay and first heard by Europeans on Cook's expedition in 1770. Now, when the first English settlers arrived 18 years later, having learned the word "kangaroo" from these peoples--

Alan
[with Stephen's generic accent] "Kangaroo."

Stephen
--they . . . they arrived in a completely different part of Australia. [to Alan, accented] "Kangaroo." I beg your pardon. Erm, so, wherever they went, they proudly used the word "kangaroo" to the locals, who, of course, had never heard the word because they spoke a different language. So, er, the locals, including the Baagandji, thought that it must mean "an animal we've never heard of". So when they first saw a horse, they thought that must be what this strange word "kangaroo" is.

http://www.freewebs.com/qitranscripts/107.htm

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