Morphs [Oak Catalog #]
A fairly large bipedal Pokemon, growing up to 2.2m (7'3") and weighing on average 80kg. (176.4lbs) It has short fur that is primarily brown, with a paler cream coloured belly and ears. It has armour-like build-ups of skin on its legs, shoulders and tail, visible fangs, and a dark, strong growth of bone on its skull. It also has a large leathery pouch on its belly, that virtually always contains a younger specimen.
Kangaskhan are mainly noted for two things: their great strength and ferocity, and how they seemingly always have a baby in their pouch—see below for details on their child-rearing nature.
Their legs being primarily focused on stability to protect their young, to the point where they sleep standing up to avoid crushing them, Kangaskhan fight almost entirely with their fists and jaws, and their highly developed arms give them a wide variety of ways in which to use them. Some specimens have even been seen showing techniques that allow them to fight Ghost types in ways that bypass their usual immunity to brute force.
The pouch is considerably larger than the space required to hold one baby, and has been observed carrying other things in it, including additional baby Kangaskhan, other Pokemon, and even young human children. [Trainer's Note: It is not recommended to attempt to hitch a ride in a Kangaskhan pouch, particularly if you are too large.] They are also noted to keep other useful or interesting objects in the pouch, and there have been documented examples of Kangaskhan carrying a startling variety of objects in it.
All known Kangaskhan are female.
Mainly a plains-dwelling Pokemon, Kangaskhan were once found worldwide but due to hunting and habitat loss their numbers had declined. During the middle of the 20th century there was a strong movement to protect and preserve these Pokemon, and they can now be found in plentiful numbers in most Safari Zones, free for trainers to catch.
The exception to this is the Southern Island, where due to ideal environments and a lack of predators, thriving wild populations have flourished, and numbers have actually increased since settlement of the area.
Despite their strong jaws and large fangs, Kangaskhan are primarily herbivorous and subsist on grasses and small plants, and sometimes fruit, leaves and berries depending on the environment. They are capable of eating meat and fish but only do so in times of desperation, where they are also known to steal from campers and picknickers they have chased away. (see Hazards)
Being powerful, muscular and surprisingly fast, Kangaskhan fear few predators—any they cannot merely intimidate or fight off, they usually run from. In addition to their speed they are capable of passing virtually any obstacle, being strong swimmers, climbers and able to destroy anything in their way.
It has been heavily noted that Kangaskhan are incredibly protective of their children, and will become quickly enraged if any perceived threat gets close to them. When the children are allowed to wander and play outside the pouch, the parent or another Kangaskhan is always watching close by, and thus should not be approached under any circumstances.
In lean times, particularly hungry Kangaskhan have been known to threaten and chase away picknicking and camping humans to steal their food supplies, and possibly also to protect their children.
When training Kangaskhan, it is very important for the trainer to gain the trust of their Pokemon, as even if it will take orders in battle it may become hostile when approaching the child. Well trained Kangaskhan usually recognise their trainer and fellow party members as part of their mob, and it is a sign of great trust if the Kangaskhan allows its trainer to hold and take care of the baby.
Courting and Childrearing
One of the most peculiar features of the Kangaskhan is how they almost always have a baby in their pouch. This is a feature mostly unique to Pokemon biology (though the Chansey line has something similar with their eggs) but is a result of their breeding process—Kangaskhan are fast breeders, which has allowed them to thrive in captivity and in suitable environments.
Being all female, Kangaskhan have to seek mates from any other Pokemon in their egg group. They do not breed at any set time but usually as soon as their latest child is about to leave the pouch, and thus spend very little time without an infant in their pouch. They usually do not associate with the fathers at all after mating and raise their young communally—it's not uncommon for Kangaskhan to adopt the children of a sick, old or dead member of their mob, and carry two infants in their pouch for a time. Some Kangaskhan are seen with infants shortly after being hatched—close observation shows that these are often sisters they have taken off their mother's hands, or even underdeveloped twin sisters born from the same egg, in a strange fluke of biology.
While protective of their young, Kangaskhan also make efforts to teach them fighting and survival while they are in the pouch. In battle, young Kangaskhan often mimic the movements of their parents, learning fighting moves to use out on their own, and when the parent is sure of safety they will let the child out of the pouch for a few hours at a time. In large mobs there have been observed behaviours of Kangaskhan adults forming a closed circle while the children play together in the middle.
Kangaskhan are social creatures and travel in mobs of up to thirty individuals or more, not counting children. They are nomadic rather than territorial, and their response to a threat of any kind (predatorial, environmental, human) is simply to move on. There is often a good deal of trust between Kangaskhan mob members, who will help each other take care of the young and gang up on threats in battle. This often makes well-trained Kangaskhan strong team players in competitive battling, as they consider their Trainer and fellow Pokemon as part of their mob.
Very occasionally Kangaskhan will adopt or befriend other Pokemon (and in a few cases, even humans) as part of the mob, usually orphaned smaller Pokemon or males of other species that breed with multiple members of the mob, though the latter rarely stay for long.
While usually social, when food is scarce or conditions are particularly harsh, mobs have been known to disperse, leaving individuals living solitary with only their young to take care of. The few remaining wild Kangaskhan are likely to be found this way, but it is rarely seen in the well-looked after Safari Zone populations.
Written by Sabre Justice.