All Schleich figures are lovingly hand-painted with detailed modelling and allow children to learn as they play. The word "kangaroo" comes from the language of the Aborigines, Australia’s indigenous people. It basically means "I don’t understand", which was the answer given to British navigator James Cook when he asked what the animal was. What a misunderstanding! These marsupials have a kind of rubber band in their hind legs. It propels them upwards with each jump. The faster a kangaroo bounces, the farther the animal is "catapulted" forwards, and the less energy it consumes. Giant red kangaroos can grow up to three metres tall and can jump twelve metres.