If you think kangaroo pouches are like luxurious fur-lined Prada messenger bags, you, sir, would be mistaken. In fact, as we see in this video, it’s more like a dark, moist, stretched-out…. um… orifice than anything you see in Winnie-the-Pooh cartoons.
“It’s smaller than you might think,” says the host of the YouTube series Smarter Every Day “and surprisingly hard to find. There’s white and black spots in the back and it stretches out… I always had the misconception that it was like a pocket, right here on the belly, because that’s the way it is on cartoons.” But nooooooo.
Take a peek inside the marsupial’s creepy flesh-hole at the 6:20 mark.
Only female kangaroos sport pouches, which contain mammary glands and hold their joeys until they are ready to leave the pouch after an average of 46 weeks or so. A mother roo often cleans her pouch with her tongue, licking away dirt and baby roo poo.