No, the Keydet is not a kangaroo, although the term "Keydets" has
been used over the years to refer to VMI's athletic teams and the kangaroo
has become the established mascot.
The kangaroo was adopted as VMI's mascot in 1947 when two VMI
cheerleaders saw a picture of a kangaroo on the front of the magazine
and realized how uncommon the animal was as a mascot. The marsupial
was originally named "TD Bound", but sometime later his identity
changed to "Moe".
VMI is one of only four colleges across the nation to have a kangaroo
as a mascot, and only one of two schools among NCAA Division I
institutions.The University of Akron's "Zippy" joins "Moe" as the only
kangaroos in the Division I ranks.