Why did everyone think these kangaroos were in love?

Why did everyone think these kangaroos were in love?

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Earlier this week, a photo began circulating on the Internet that featured three predictably adorable kangaroos. The story, as many news organisations projected it, featured a male kangaroo, reaching out to hold his dying kangaroo wife, who just wanted to embrace her baby. As a story, it had the key, painterly, elements of viral triptych: a cute animal + a sad death + a tiny, human-like gesture. For 24 hours, it dominated the Internet, grabbed our headlines, and stole our desperate little hearts.

It was also completely and totally wrong, as Mashable reported.

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Why did everyone think these kangaroos were in love?