We’re not quite sure how having a pet kangaroo will work in the city or without a garden, though they sound like the perfect companions.
It turns out our pogo-tastic pals can communicate with humans in a similar way that dogs, horses and goats do – despite never having been domesticated.
Better yet, apparently it’s all in the eyes and they can ‘talk’ to us with a certain look.
The remarkable truth has been unearthed over in Australia, where researchers worked with 11 kangaroos over eight days to see if they could get food out of a box.
For the experiment, the box was locked and therefore making it impossible for the kangaroos to gain access to wine and dine without help.
At first, they scratched at the box before realising they couldn’t access the treats. It was then that they turned their attention to Dr McElligott, who was in the enclosure with them.
Speaking about the trial, Dr McElligott revealed how the kangaroos then tried to communicate with him in the hope that he could help them get to the food.
Dr McElligott said: “The kangaroos looked up at me and they did this sort of gaze alternation – looking at the box, back at me, back at the box, back at me.
“A few of the kangaroos approached me and started sniffing my knee and scratching my knee. If it was a dog, you’d call it pawing.”
This reaction is evident that the kangaroos were intentionally trying to communicate their desire to get him to help retrieve the food from the box, says Alexandra Green, an animal behaviour and welfare researcher at the University of Sydney.
Dr Green explained: “They’re a social species and would use these cues among each other.
“In a captive setting, where there are humans present, they’re probably able to adapt this ability to communicate with humans.”
For any sceptics out there, who may think the kangaroo activity was purely coincidental, and the researchers are reading too much into it, think again.
A similar study was done with wolves, who are also undomesticated, which saw them attack the food boxes with their teeth without any communication to try and ask humans for help.
It sounds like the researchers may have wanted to be out of the enclosure for that one so they didn’t end up as part of the meal.