Travelling Australia
Swimming Kangaroo
Eastern Grey Kangaroo swimming
Kangaroos are not often thought of as swimming animals but if they need to cross an inlet or stream for some reason they will readily hop into a body of water to get to the other side and will begin swimming if the water becomes too deep for hopping. The photograph above shows a male Eastern Grey Kangaroo swimming across a tidal inlet at Urunga on the New South Wales mid-north coast. This kangaroo was making his way from a well-used kangaroo grazing area across a tidal inlet while the tide was high and the water several metres deep in mid-stream. He hopped into the water from the far bank and continued hopping towards the opposite bank until the water was more than half a metre deep then began swimming to the other side. Photographs below show the sequence of events. While this kangaroo readily entered the water he certainly wasn't playing in the water; it was treated as an obstacle to be surmounted.
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Swimming Kangaroo - page 2
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1. Pausing after a few hops in water to consider the next move.
2. Making a fairly normal jump from the water.
3. Landing with a splash in deeper water.
4. The water was now either too deep to try another hop, or maybe his feet didn't touch the bottom leaving no option, so he began swimming.
5 & 6. Now in shallower water the kangaroo uses his tail and legs to move slowly to the bank. This area was covered in mangrove roots and seedlings (some visible in Number 6) making moving difficult; mangrove trees lined the bank.
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After making his way through the mangroves into a clear grassed area the kangaroo began feeding while still dripping water.