Wild Kangaroos can interact with Humans Intentionally-Study

According to a study recently carried out, it was revealed that wild Kangaroos can interact with humans intentionally.…
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According to a study recently carried out, it was revealed that wild Kangaroos can interact with humans intentionally. Looking at the fact that this kind of behavior is only found in animals such as goats, dogs, and horses.

This research which was carried out at the University of Sydney and University of Roehampton involved Kangaroos that weren’t domesticated at several locations across Australia. In this study, when food was put in a closed box, Kangaroos stared at a human to access the food.

The Kangaroos communicated with the person that kept the food in a closed box by staring at the person. Only domesticated animals are believed to possess such a behavior. In Every 11 Kangaroos, 10 stared at the person who kept the food in the box rather than trying to open the box.

9 Kangaroos out of the 11 kangaroos gazed at the box and the person; this is believed to a heightened form of communication. This research is based on a previous study that was carried out to evaluate the communication of domesticated animals and if such an interaction in animals is due to their domestication.

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Dr. Alan McElligott, the lead author of this study previously carried out research that revealed that goats understand human signals, which include pointing. Kangaroos are known to be social animals just like goats and dogs.

Dr. McElligot said that this study has helped them to understand animals can learn interactions between themselves and staring at human beings to evaluate food is not associated with domestication. He maintained that this similar behavior has been found in goats, horses, and dogs.

Our research shows that the potential for referential intentional communication towards humans by animals has been underestimated, which signals an exciting development in this area.

Wild Kangaroos are the first marsupials to be studied in this manner and the positive results should lead to more cognitive research beyond the usual domestic species. 

Dr. Alan McElligott

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