I’m sure that humans and kangaroos have a common genetic ancestor that dates back millions of years.
- I’m just thankful that I ended up human instead of having to spend my formative years in a pouch and my adult life hopping about in the Australian Outback.
One remaining commonality is that both marsupial and human mothers must clean up after their kids (or joeys) This is where kangaroos may have the better system. That pouch is a multi-use container where the joey lives for up to four years. Instead of running all over the house to clean up after a toddler, all the kangaroo mom needs to do is clean out the pouch. Kangaroo moms in the wild use their snouts and long tongues to clean the “nursery”. Had kangaroos developed intelligence and become the dominant species, then I imagine that some sort of “pouch diaper” would have been developed to avoid that unpleasant task. The pouch also provides the perfect environment for developing youngsters. Humans have to rely on heating and cooling systems in hospital nurseries and later in homes where HVAC systems protect and nurture the “bundle of joy” lying in the crib. This is particularly important in the first year of life because babies can’t regulate their body temperatures like adults do. Sudden changes in the ambient temperature can cause more than just mild discomfort, it can cause life-threatening conditions like hypothermia, dehydration, and even SIDS, a tragic event that may be triggered by overheating. Mother Nature takes care of kangaroos, Expectant parents are advised to have their HVAC units cleaned and serviced by a professional HVAC tech and to install fresh filters before welcoming that new addition to the family to its new home.