National Geographic : 1955 Oct
+ "Hopping Mutton" May Be This Pet's Fate When author Johnson, a mammalo gist, accompanied the National Geo graphic Society-Smithsonian Institution -Australian Government expedition to northern Australia, he witnessed the kangaroo's importance to Stone Age tribesmen. In Arnhem Land, an aboriginal re serve about the size of Maine, kangaroos provide a staple food for the nomadic blacks, who hunt them with spears and roast the flesh over coals. Isolated missions, cattle stations, and mining camps also serve kangaroo. Some gourmets prefer kangaroo tail to ox tail for soup. Most of the meat is gamy and coarse. This Roper River boy smiles his de light at capturing a young sandy wal laby. What the sandy wallaby lacks in size he makes up for in speed and agility. He prefers damp coastal regions where, at the least alarm, he dashes into tangled marsh grass, pandanus, and scrubby thicket. Howell Walker, National Geographic Staff 498 Too Big for Pouch, Joey Tests His Legs White men value the kan garoo for its hide, which makes excellent glove and boot leather. To reach maturity, young kangaroos must dodge eagle, rock python, and wild dog, as well as spear and bullet. The popular name-great gray -distinguishes this young specimen from the smaller gray-toned wallabies. Female grays usually breed but once a year; multiple births are rare. Evicted by his mother, the joey will remain at her side for several months. Occa sionally he may still plunge his head inside the pouch and suckle while standing up. No one had to teach him that tail and legs make a fine tripod.