Two Young Kangaroos Spar At Batesman Bay Animal Sanctauary

StoryfulPublished: March 26, 2018
Published: March 26, 2018

A pair of kangaroos squared off to practice their sparring skills at an animal sanctuary on New South Wales’ south coast on March 23. Kanku and Jake, who were orphans, have been released but would return to the Wild 2 Free Kangaroo Sanctuary daily, according to Rae Harvey, who filmed this video of the pair.

Observing two kangaroos sparing like the two in this video, is like watching a very curious sport. Their posture and style is quite human – similar to boxers in a ring – turning, striking, grappling. Like boxers, kangaroos spar a lot before they actually fight. These mock-fights are common and often seen in the evening in spring and summer in southern Australia.

When male kangaroos are young they learn to fight by sparring – at first with their mother, then later with other young males. As they get older they establish their position in the mob by sparring with other males. The sparring becomes more intense, lasts longer, and hurts more as they get bigger and more experienced.

In fact, kangaroos do not like fights very much. They spar often and try bluffing to avoid injuries, but only seldom fight for Alpha status. Why fight and get hurt if you don’t have to? Through body language and postures they adopt they show other males how strong and resolute they are. It is a way of saying “I would win if you dare me to a duel.” Males watch this display and decide whether it is worth the effort to fight.

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