Kangaroos can communicate with humans: study

Kangaroos can communicate with humans: study

Researchers found that kangaroos can intentionally communicate with people

by using their gaze to "point" and ask for help

(SOUNDBITE) (English) ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR AND WELFARE FROM CITY UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, ALAN MCELLIGOTT SAYING:"Of course, the little task, the experimental task itself is quite simplistic. But, nevertheless it was important to carry it out using a wild species. A truly wild species, like kangaroos. And much to our surprise they did show the gazing behaviour and the gaze alternations that are usually associated with domestic animals. So, it shows that this effect of trying to deliberately communicate with a human is not really restricted to the usual domestic species that we know and it was fantastic to find that this actually occurred in kangaroos."

The study involved 11 kangaroos that lived in captivity

but had not been domesticated

The findings challenge the notion

that only domesticated animals can communicate with humans