The largest, and perhaps most famous of the macropod family (that is, creatures with large feet) are Australia
Don’t know what all the fuss is about – kangaroos (and more particularly anmd usually the smaller, “cuter” wallabies and wallaroos) have been reported in many countries for as long as I can remember. There are many species of each. They indeed make grunting noises, plus nuisances of themselves at camping grounds here in Australia where they have become semi-tamed food foragers.
There is no such word as “saltatating”. Kangaroo locomotion would be better described as jumping or hopping.
I get the feeling that “saltatating” was thrown into the blog to see if anybody would catch the supposed word.
Good guess, though I hate to inform you that your feeling is wrong so far as me “making up words”. Years ago, I came across the term “saltatation” with regard to how prosimians like lemurs move about by “hopping”. You may be correct, however, in noting that I used the atypical spelling of the word, as I more often see it spelled “saltation”. Indeed, I have seen both, but if one looks up “saltation”, one finds that its literal, conventional meaning has to do with “a sudden change from one generation to the next, that is large, or very large, in comparison with the usual variation of an organism.” You’ll find the meaning I’m referencing (with what I call the “typical” spelling) here:
This describes an alternative to a gait which alternates between legs, called hopping or “saltation, where all legs move together.” I used the latter so as not to confuse the two.
I assume that there is a possibility that the spelling I used may very well be a misspelling, however before going to print I checked the web, and found it used here also:
In academic use, Saltatation is very much a word… the problem seems to be the fact that it is used interchangeably to describe different things. To assume, or to assert, that I “created it” is ridiculous… but thank you for taking time to comment on this article. That, more than anything, I truly appreciate!
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I’ve seen one! I thought I was crazy because nobody believed me! It was close to the TN & KY border about 6 years ago.
A chupacabra would fit in place of the Kangaroo.
Chupacabras has best described as having a kangaroo like body, with the ability to leap rapidly away in an almost supernatural fashion, kills animals, and are believed to have an association with cave systems (limestone caves in Puerto Rico) and UFO sightings. They may not live in the caves but originate from underground and access the surface. The caves may be passages from non-human and/or joint military and ET bases. God only knows of course.
I can’t remember reading about chupas make a screaming noise, but it wouldn’t suprise me.
I met an eyewitness of a chupa in Puerto Rico years ago when I visited. The chupa which was in the process of consuming one of his dogs when he saw it. He had grabbed a gun after he heard lots of barking, but when he came out and saw it, he was unable to move his body, as if he was telepathically paralysed, the creature lept out of the backyard in a single bound. He described it looking to what the images are below.
oh and, the jersey devil had deer-like head with possibly a kangaroo like body. Chupas are described with having more of an alien “Grey” like head with large glowing red wrap around eyes. So these 2 alien or cryptic creature may be a different creature altogether, but perhaps one and the same type.
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