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Old 03-14-2002, 04:58 PM
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Can't recall ever seeing a kangaroo walk backwards but have definitely seen emus take a step or two backwards when shying away from something.

There might be a reason why a kangaroo couldn't walk backwards (shape of legs, large tail) but that would just be a guess. I would doubt that there would be a physiological reason that would stop an emu from walking backwards.

I'd strongly suspect that, as with most animals, it's just easier to turn around and walk the other way rather than trying to walk backwards especially as they can't easily see behind them.