Kangaroo Kick


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Kangaroos have extremely muscular hind legs and enormous feet, giving them the ability to execute large jumps with every bound. In a single leap, a gray kangaroo can cover 25 feet in distances and jump 6 feet into the air! In short bursts, they can reach speeds of over 35 miles per hour, or travel long distances as 15 miles an hour.

Male kangaroos can be fiercely competitive when it comes to courting females. For days during mating season, a male kangaroo (called a boomer) will follow his potential mate, shadowing her every move. But if he spots another boomer, the males will face off for the opportunity to breed. And their weapon of choice? Feet.

A boomer’s favorite tactic is to use his forepaws to grip his opponent and then quickly kick with his huge, clawed hind feet. This ultimate fighting move can break bones and disembowel – even kill – his competitor. Male kangaroos also lean back on their tails and box their rivals, bite or use their sharp claws during a fight.

Learn more about kangaroos and discover more awesome animal anatomy on World’s Deadliest: Predator Weapons, Sunday, January 30th at 7 PM et/pt on Nat Geo Wild!