A Western Grey Kangaroo, Macropus fuliginosus, cools off in a pool on a hot day and also has a long drink. Kangaroos often drink at the edge of water-holes but are not often seen taking to the water. Seen at Renmark, South Australia, Australia.
Canon 500D, zoom lens.
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This species of kangaroo is a large and very common kangaroo or macropod, found across almost the entire southern part of Australia, from just south of Shark Bay to coastal South Australia, western Victoria, and the entire Murray-Darling Basin in New South Wales and Queensland. The subspecies on Kangaroo Island, South Australia, is known as the Kangaroo Island Kangaroo.
The Western Grey Kangaroo is also referred to as a red-faced Kangaroo, Mallee Kangaroo, Sooty Kangaroo and Carno Kangaroo.
The Western Grey Kangaroo is one of the largest kangaroos in Australia. It weighs 28-54 kg and its length is 0.84-1.1m with a 80-100 cm tail, standing approximately 1.3m tall. It exhibits sexual dimorphism with the male up to twice the size of female. It has thick, coarse fur with colour ranging from pale grey to brown; its throat, chest and belly have a paler colour. It feeds at night, mainly on grasses but also on leafy shrubs and low trees. It has a nickname Stinker because mature males have a distinctive curry-like odour.