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Marsupials are identified by one very important characteristic: they carry and nurse their young in a pouch. Marsupial babies are born blind and helpless, with no hair and with small forearms that are barely developed. Although tiny at birth -- sometimes less than an inch -- they crawl up their mother's body, and burrow themselves safely in her pouch. There, they continue to drink milk and grow, until they're big and strong enough to live outside. When picturing an animal with a pouch, it's easy to picture a kangaroo, but there are many other marsupials that might not be so easy to identify -- koalas, pandas, and possums are just a few. Click here for more info...

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Although an adult kangaroo will grow to stand about five feet tall, when they're born, baby kangaroos (called joeys) are only about one inch long!


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