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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Six kangaroos arrive in Jakarta from Australia

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Jakarta(ANTARAnews)- Six female grey kangaroos arrived in Jakarta on Saturday evening after a 18-hour flight from Perth, Australia.

 The Indonesian Safari Park (TSI) in Cisarua, Bogor, West Java province, received the animals from the Australian Zoo.

The kangaroos were accompanied by three Australian Zoo`s staff members, namely Dr Tim Potas, Lauire Pond and Kelsey, and were greeted by Cisarua TSI Director Tony Sumampau upon their arrival in Jakarta.

They would be placed in a quarantine area for a week for adaptation before they could be seen by the public, Tony Sumampau said.

TSI got the kangaroos based on a sister park cooperation agreement with the Australian Zoo several years ago when the Zoo was headed by Steve Irwin "Crocodile Hunter" and his wife Terri Raines.

The naturalist and television star Steve Irwin (44) died in a diving accident in far north Queensland in September 2009. Police said he was stung through the heart by a stingray while diving off Port Douglas.

"So, it was the Australian Zoo which recommended that Indonesia should get kangaroos," Sumampau said.

The six kangaroos are part of a total of 15 kangaroos to be given to Indonesia.

The Kangaroo is a common marsupial from the islands of Australia and New Guinea. However, scientists have also found a species of kangaroos in Papua, Indonesia.

There are 47 species of "roos." Kangaroos can hop up to 40 miles per hour (74 kph) and go over 30 feet (9 m) in one hop. These shy animals live about 6 years in the wild and up to 20 in captivity.

Most roos are nocturnal (active at night). Many roos are in danger of extinction, but they are also considered pests due to the way they damage crops. An adult male is called a buck, boomer or jack; an adult female is called a doe, flyer, roo, or jill. A baby is called a joey. A group of roos is called a mob.


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