An adult male red kangaroo, today’s largest marsupial, can weigh as much as
90.7 kilograms (200 pounds), yet they’re surprisingly swift, able to outpace a racehorse when travelling at full pelt. They can achieve this thanks to the super-efficient method of locomotion they’ve evolved to get around. The furthest single leap that has been reported is 12.8 metres (42 feet) and its highest jump is noted as three metres (9.8 feet)!
“Tendons in the kangaroo’s back legs work like
springs, storing and releasing energy”
Tail The pronghorn would beat a cheetah in a longdistance race. This North Americanungulate has maintained 56kph (35mph) over 6km (3.7mi)!FeetBreathing The muscular tail has been found not only to provide balance while leaping but also acts as a third leg to propel the ’roo forward. Huge hind feet maximise takeoff power as well as providing a steady landing. An added bonus of hopping is that the motion naturally pulls down the diaphragm, meaning air is effortlessly drawn into the lungs – a process called ‘inspiration’.legs Elongated tendons in the kangaroo’s back legs work like springs, storing and releasing energy with each hop, with barely any muscular exertion required.