As an avid follower of multiple kangaroo-related Instagram accounts, there are few mysteries of the kangaroo body left to me. A viral TikTok video from Alexandra Kalin has taught me that most people do not know anything about the large, weird marsupial—or what the inside of a kangaroo pouch looks like—and I think that’s a shame.
There are so many strange and wondrous creatures on this earth that have populated cartoons and kids stories, and none of them go into the biological realities of growing your baby about halfway, birthing it, and then putting it in a flesh pouch to finish baking. We need these lessons in schools.
The video shows a pair of greedy human hands reach towards a very compliant kangaroo mom and pull apart the furry opening to her pouch, showing a baby ‘roo all up in there. You can tell that the interior of the pouch is pink and fleshy. I’m not sure what Twitter user @jusdisappointin was imagining, but they shared the video along with the caption, “I THOUGHT KANGAROOS HAD A POUCH NOT A GAPING HOLE IN THEIR FLESH???????”
I THOUGHT KANGEROOS HAD A POUCH NOT A GAPING HOLE IN THEIR FLESH??????? pic.twitter.com/xFeSsyhTWM
— madelaine 🦇 (@jusdisappointin) May 5, 2020
Sure makes having a crib for an infant feel like a luxury, huh? Anyway, the tweet took off as people lost their minds over this new information. If you’ve been picturing a kangaroo pouch as just a little fur-lined flap like the folder inside a Moleskin notebook, I’m sure that this video is abrasive. People were freaking out and wishing they could go back to a time where they did not know about any of this:
Ive watched this 13 times. Im bout to go to the zoo because I have TOO many questions. https://t.co/OdHPjBCE7q
— The Return of Big Ant (@YaFav_Sailor) May 5, 2020
i am… struggling to deal with this https://t.co/34SUpa5Hv1
— Hannah Jane Parkinson (@ladyhaja) May 6, 2020
when you see inside a kangaroos pouch, there’s no going back!!! pic.twitter.com/HN0UhQTMAj
— Kim Bulfa Knutsen (@sndymrnnglsh) May 7, 2020
Just saw what a kangaroos pouch looks like and I’m permanently scarred pic.twitter.com/nonQU3h5LV
— Lil Uzi Shurt🤓🛸 (@urfavshirt) May 8, 2020
But some people wisely decided to gain more knowledge, and discovered that kangaroo biology absolutely slaps:
Aye bruh kangaroo pouches kinda fire! Bitch said she can produce three types of milk in there at the same time pic.twitter.com/gwQGScOCRO
— Einstein 🏁 (@Oh_Wise1) May 5, 2020
The world is full of wonders, and about half of those wonders live in Australia.