Mother Kangaroo Accidentally Drops Her Baby While Being Chased By A Predator

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Written by Hannah Crawford

Published: January 30, 2024

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Have you ever seen someone accidentally drop a baby and everyone jumps the second it happens? It’s a terrifying experience to make sure the baby is okay. Let’s see what happens in the video above when a mother kangaroo drops her baby while being chased. 

Watch the Wild Chase Below!

Kangaroo Chase in Oceania

The short TikTok video clip shown in the section above brings us to Oceania, where kangaroos are found. Within this continent, kangaroos can be found in Australia and Papua New Guinea. The Xingxhzrukd TikTok page shared this video with their 785,000 followers. While that might be an odd name for a channel, they are quite popular and share many videos that have gone viral of up to 100 million views on animals such as giraffes, penguins, buffalos, bears, birds, and insects. 

Kangaroo Drops Baby 

As the video starts out we see a small herd of kangaroo running for their lives. Shortly behind them is a dog that looks like it is a dingo. Dingoes have a healthy appetite for animals such as kangaroos, wallabies, feral pigs, wombats, and small mammals. And once he has his eyes set on these kangaroos he is determined to grab one. 

There is a mother kangaroo in the center of this chase, and we see she is carrying her young one, called a joey in her pouch. According to the Forest Preserve District Will County, “Kangaroos and other marsupials use their pouches like opossums, to carry their babies and allow them to nurse while still remaining mobile.” 

In a dramatic attempt to flee from this dog, the mother kangaroo accidentally drops her baby while running full speed ahead. The joey tumbles around until he finds his footing. Then, he leaps up and leads the dog on a wild chase. This dingo eventually lets up as he just can’t keep up with these speeds. 

What Predators Eat Kangaroos?

Kangaroos can live up to 10 years in the wild.

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Kangaroos are mammals that weigh anywhere between 40-200 pounds and reach over six feet tall. As herbivores, kangaroos will eat things such as grass, seeds, and flowers. There are four species of kangaroo which are the red kangaroo (Macropus rufus), the Eastern grey kangaroo (Macropus giganteus), the Western grey kangaroo (Macropus fuliginosus), and the Antilopine kangaroo (Macropus antilopinus). 

These mammals don’t have as many predators as we might think they do. They are hunted by predators such as “Dingoes, humans, Wedge-tailed Eagles and, before their extermination, Tasmanian Tigers.”

Kangaroos are known for being able to escape predators by their amazing speed of reaching up to 35 miles per hour and also hopping for the length of their runs. Dingoes can run up to 30 miles per hour, and so, as we can see here, the kangaroo was able to outrun and outdistance this predator. 


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Hannah Crawford is a writer at A-Z Animals where she focuses on reptiles, mammals, and locations in Africa. Hannah has been researching and writing about animals and various countries for over eight years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication\Performance Studies from Pensacola Christian College, which she earned in 2015. Hannah is a resident in Florida, and enjoys theatre, poetry, and growing her fish tank.

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