Meet our Mascot
We're excited to introduce you to ROOBY, the official mascot for the 2014 International Children's Games. ROOBY is a female kangaroo. Kangaroos are native to Australia and even appear on our Coat of Arms.
Fun and amazing facts about kangaroos
- Kangaroos can live up to 20 years old and keep growing for their entire life!
- Tree kangaroos live in northeastern Australia, they sleep during the day in the trees but get down at night to graze.
- The Western Gray Kangaroo has the nickname "the stinker" because it smells like curry.
- Female kangaroos (like ROOBY) have pouches which their baby kangaroo - called a Joey - can live in for 10 months.
- Kangaroos typically jump from 1 to 2 metres at a time, but at high speeds they can jump up to 13 metres in one bound! They can reach speeds of up to 50 km (30 mi) per hour.
- The kangaroo's family name (Macropodidae in Latin) means "big feet," which they certainly have.
- The Australian Red Kangaroo stands taller than a human and is the largest marsupial in the world.
- When a kangaroo senses danger, it alerts others by loudly thumping its feet on the ground. Kangaroos also make grunting, coughing, hissing and clicking noises.
- A group of kangaroos is called a ‘mob’, ‘troop’ or ‘court’.
- Kangaroos have great hearing, and, like a cat, they can swivel their ears to catch tiny sounds.
- Kangaroos can't walk backwards, but they are good swimmers.