Kangaroos Can Intentionally Communicate With Humans

Research completed by the University of Roehampton and the University of Sydney suggests that kangaroos, much like dogs, cats, and other domesticated animals, can communicate with people in some ways. The study was conducted using kangaroos from three locations across Australia. Their conclusion revealed that these creatures, when trying to gain access to a food source hidden in a closed box, stared at the humans in the room to get it for them. 

"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," said the lead author of the study Dr. Alan McElligott from the University of Roehampton. "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."

Similar to animals such as dogs and goats, kangaroos are inherently social creatures. This innovative research shows that they may be able to change their typical social dynamics for interacting with people. Who knows what the world will find out once we start talking with our kangaroo neighbors. Maybe you'll even find one as a house pet!

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