Yesterday, a "heart-wrenching" photo of a kangaroo triggered the Internet's aww button. "Dying kangaroo's sad goodbye" and "moment kangaroo cradles dying companion as joey looks on" made it seem the daddy 'roo held up his dying mate's head so she could get one last look at her joey before she faded into the beyond. Do kangaroos go to heaven? Turns out kangaroos just ain't that smart. Scientists have now weighed in on the image, saying the dirty animal was just trying to get it in one last time.
Nah, says Australian Museum research scientist Dr. Mark Eldridge. "Great photos of the kangaroos, but I think they are fundamentally misinterpreted."
He elaborated: "The male is very clearly highly stressed and agitated, his forearms are very wet from licking himself to cool down. He is also sexually aroused: the evidence is here sticking out from behind the scrotum (yes, in marsupials the penis is located behind the scrotum)."
Come on though, who hasn't used grief to disguise their overwhelming arousal? ...never mind.
In conclusion, "this is a male trying to get a female to stand up so he can mate with her."
In other words, love is dead.