I Can Has Cheezburger? Newsletter

The Tree Kangaroo Is The Cutest Animal You’ve Never Heard Of

  • 1

    These kangaroos are similar to the more common marsupials, with the exception of their limb-size.

    Cheezburger Image 9114502144
  • Advertisement
  • 2

    According to the World Wildlife Foundation, “they have adapted to life in the trees, with shorter legs and stronger forelimbs for climbing, giving them somewhat of the appearance of a cross between a kangaroo and a lemur.”

    Cheezburger Image 9114502400
  • 3

    Tree-kangaroos like to live in rain forests - This special species is found in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and Australia.

    Cheezburger Image 9114502656
  • 4

    The main threats to this adorable creature are hunting and deforestation.

    Cheezburger Image 9114503680

    Wildlife organizations like WWF work to keep the species alive by "reducing deforestation and loss of habitat caused by illegal logging, . . . raising awareness of habitat loss and the effects of hunting, promoting and managing protected areas, [and] reducing illegal hunting through programmes."

  • Advertisement
  • 5

    These cute kangaroos really are creatures of the land. Since they live in the trees, they love to pick fresh leaves and fruit.

    Cheezburger Image 9114503936

    WWF informs that "they will also collect fruit that has fallen to the ground. The animals will also eat other items such as grains, flowers, sap, eggs, young birds, and even bark."

  • 6

    These primates have a more balanced diet than most humans!

    Cheezburger Image 9114504704
  • 7

    The tree-kangaroo mainly likes to fly solo. Females and males have non-overlapping home ranges and the only strong bond these animals form is between mother and offspring.

    Cheezburger Image 9114505472
  • Advertisement
  • 8

    That doesn’t mean they don’t have endless bounds of love in their hearts. New mothers keep their newborns, called joeys, in their pouches for up to ten months.

    Cheezburger Image 9114505728
  • 9

    In the final few months, the joey begins to nurse and prepare for life outside the pouch. At 13 months old, it is time to grow up.

    Cheezburger Image 9114505984
  • 10

    This unique type of kangaroo is cute, cuddly, and sure to put a smile on your face.

    Cheezburger Image 9114506240


Next on I Can Has Cheezburger?

Scroll down for the next article