Did you know…Kangaroos can’t hop backwards? Because of their exceptionally muscular tail and huge feet, it is extremely difficult for them to move backwards at all. Their tail is so big and strong, it is used almost like a fifth limb when fighting. They will balance on their tail and use both enormous feet to kick their opponent. These extremely large feet can help them hop up to thirty feet in one jump. It may not be leaping a tall building in a single bound, but that’s pretty impressive!
In fact, it is sometimes said that the two animals selected to be on the Australian Commonwealth Coat of Arms, the kangaroo and emu, were selected because of their inability to move backwards easily. It is suggested that these two animals were chosen to represent a nation moving forward.