Bipedal animals

  •  Monday, October 9th, 2023  Animalsforkids

    Animals that use only two legs for walking are referred to as “bipedal” in zoology. There are quite a few groups of modern species considered habitual bipeds, meaning their normal mode of travel is two-legged walking. But a far larger number of species use bipedal gait sparingly. Following are some animals that walk on two legs, some sparingly and some habitually.

    Kangaroo

    Kangaroos can be sighted moving around their habitat by jumping and hopping on their Z-shaped hind legs. Their strong, muscular legs drive them forward at a speed of up to 43 miles per hour! Their large tail performs the balancing act as they sit and move. They only occasionally walk on five “legs,” using their forelimbs, hind legs, and tail to move ahead as this position doesn’t let very fast travel. Kangaroos can’t hop backward.

    Gorilla

    Gorillas are habitual quadrupeds, meaning they use all fours to move. But these primates have the ability to stand and walk on two legs akin to humans. Some, particularly those raised in captivity, may even show preference to such walking. Their characteristic form of movement, nevertheless, is called “knuckle-walking.” But when these primates are not moving rapidly on their knuckles or climbing trees, you can see them standing and walking short distances on two legs.

    Pangolin

    Famed as the “artichoke with legs,” the pangolin is quite similar to an anteater but is covered in keratin scales that act as shield. Keratin scales make it resemble to artichoke. These mammals normally move about on all fours. But they occasionally walk on their hind legs with their front limbs completely off the ground.

    Chimpanzee

    Akin to gorillas, chimpanzees prefer to move around by walking on their hind legs and the forelimb knuckles. For their day-to-day affairs knuckle walk suits them best, but these monkeys have the capability of moving on two legs too. They often stand up to survey their environments. They can walk on two legs for up to half a mile. But their body frame do not support walking on two legs very regularly.

    Ostrich

    The ostrich is a weighty flightless bipedal bird. Their long, strong legs propel them forward, covering more than 10 feet in a single stride. Ostriches can reach remarkable speeds of up to 43 miles per hour and are regarded as the fastest-running birds in the world. They can easily keep pace with moving cars.

    Flamingo

    Akin to other birds flamingoes are bipedal animals. These bright pink birds can be sighted walking and wading in shallow water on two legs. Wading birds employ their legs for much more than just walking. Flamingoes employ their webbed feet to stomp the muddy water to bring their food sources float to the surface. They walk with comfort on two legs and can even run when they feel vulnerable.