July 22, 2009


OK, I wish I were a kangaroo.

I am watching National Geographic.  Kangaroos have two awesome reproductive features that I wish I had.

1)  When the joey is 5 weeks along, it gets born and makes the trek up to the pouch to settle in for nine months.  What I wouldn't give to take my baby out and keep it in a nice, warm pocket for the rest of its gestation time, so I could peek in on it and make sure it's OK.

2)  Once the joey gets settled, the kangaroo mates again, producing a back-up embryo.  It sits dormant in embroyonic diapause, and if anything happens to the joey in the pouch, the back-up embryo starts to grow again to replace it.  Obviously, that also would've been a great feature for me.

Man, kangaroos have it made.

Posted by: Sarah at 04:39 PM | Comments (5) | Add Comment
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1 Lols...

Posted by: CaliValleyGirl at July 22, 2009 04:57 PM (irIko)

2 Awww. I wonder how many other mothers want to go roo. Genetic engineering might make it possible. But then their kids might be teased as 'pouchers'. And becoming a kangawoman could have some unexpected side effects, like longer feet and an urge to hop.

What would you want to be if you were watching another channel?

Posted by: Amritas at July 22, 2009 06:32 PM (h9KHg)

3 I don't know if you would enjoy the other aspects of marsupial reproductive systems...you know, the dual vaginas and uteri. These merge together as needed to form a birth canal. That's three, er, orifices to manage. The male appendage related to all this is, well, bifurcated. Whether or not this is a bonus is not my call to make.

Posted by: deskmerc at July 23, 2009 01:10 AM (pYOXQ)

4 I love how your mind works. 

Posted by: FbL at July 24, 2009 12:08 AM (HwqvF)

5 Wow, have I learned a lot of fascinating things about kangaroos this morning! LOL... I love National Geographic. And Discovery. And Nova. And Nature. Maybe we should actually consider getting cable just for educational purposes... ;-)

Posted by: Krista at July 24, 2009 12:56 PM (sUTgZ)

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