The Red Kangaroo and the Emu are of course native to Australia, but so are koalas, echidnas, dingoes, platypus, wallabies, wombats and many birds – so why are just those two on the coat of arms?
It is about a very specific particularity; they cannot go backwards. The kangaroo can only hop forwards and the emu does not have the physical disposition to go backwards. Australians have decided to use this as the animals to represent their country: moving forward, developing and improving – not going back.
Israel – Hoopoe bird