Move Along!

How do you get where you need to go?

 

If you’re making your way along the sidewalk, you probably put one foot in front of the other and walk. In the water, your arms and legs help you swim. Or maybe you use a device like a bike or skateboard to help you go from one place to the next. We all have our own way of moving along! In the animalAny living thing that is not a plant. Most animals can move about freely. All use plants or other animals as food. All have sensory organs. world, there are many ways to get from here to there.

 

PrimatesMembers of the most highly developed order of animals, including humans, monkeys, and apes., like some apes, use their arms to swing from tree branch to tree branch. This is called brachiation (brake-e-a-shun). If you’ve ever crossed the monkey bars at a playground, you have brachiated, too!

 

Animals like the fossa (FOO-sah) are “built” to climb: its semi-retractableCats (except cheetahs) and fossas have the ability to pull in, or retract, their claws when not in use. clawsThe fingernails of an animal, such as a bear or cat. They help to grab prey. In birds, they're called talons. and flexible ankles allow it to climb up and down trees headfirst.

 

What would help an animalAny living thing that is not a plant. Most animals can move about freely. All use plants or other animals as food. All have sensory organs. burrowNoun-A hole in the ground made by certain animals, like rabbits. Verb-To dig a hole in the ground. underground? Sharp clawsThe fingernails of an animal, such as a bear or cat. They help to grab prey. In birds, they're called talons. and strong paws! Naked mole-rats can run both forward and backward through the maze of tunnels they dig.

 

Making your way through the sky—by flying—is easier when you’re built like a birdAn animal that has wings and is covered with feathers. Birds have a backbone, are warm-blooded, produce young from eggs, and walk on their two legs. Most can fly., with hollow bones, feathers, and wings specially shaped for flight! And even animals that seem to simply walk “normally” have some special moves. Check out the video to discover what’s cool about the way camels get along.