Kangaroo five legs: Video study shows kangaroos use their tails as another leg.
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Five Legs Are Better Than Four

The surprising utility of the kangaroo’s tail.


The graceful hop may be the kangaroo’s signature move, but it turns out they spend more time on all fours—or, perhaps, on all fives.

Jim Festante is an actor/writer in Los Angeles and regular video contributor to Slate. He is the author of the Image Comics miniseries The End Times of Bram and Ben.

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