National Geographic : 1955 Oct
493 Forepaws Guide Food+ to the Mouth Out in the bush, nomadic kangaroos graze like sheep, nibbling grass close to the ground. This captive wallaby holds food and consumes it slowly, as if savoring each bite. He is a strict vegetarian. Catlike, he washes his fur after each meal, licking the forepaws and running them through his coat. He may spend hours in preen ing. His friend (right) seems to beg for another helping. Australia ships kangaroos around the world. In 1791, three years after the first Brit ish colonists arrived, a great gray was sent as a gift to King George III. In captivity, the animal's diet must be watched to pre vent a fatal jawbone infec tion.