Mother roos endanger health for joeys

Mother kangaroos willingly face higher health risks than their non-reproducing sisters, all for the sake of being a good parent.

Mother Eastern Grey Kangaroos almost double their food intake and significantly reduce the amount of time they spend resting, in order to meet the nutritional needs of their baby. Such sacrifices place mother kangaroos at greater risk of parasitic infection.

Such sacrificial behaviour had long been assumed of Eastern Grey Kangaroos but had not been confirmed until now.

Read more at University of Melbourne