Strongest Animals on the Planet

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From insects that can lift many times their body weight, massive mauling mammals, hoofed creatures that haul thousands of pounds, and bone-crunching biting big cats, there are amazingly strong beasts in every realm of the animal kingdom. Lets take a look at some of the most terrifyingly tough animals on the planet.

Jaguar

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The jaguar is the largest big cat found in America and is known for its solitary nature and impressive hunting abilities. This ferocious feline often kills by crushing the skull of its prey and piercing the brain with its canines. The jaguar has a reported bite force of 2,000 pounds per square inch which is greater than any other big cat alive today.

Image: Wikipedia
Image: Wikipedia

Grizzly Bear

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These giant mammals are found predominantly across North America. They normally weigh between 400-800 pounds with the biggest tipping the scales at 1,500lbs.  They can stand up on their hind legs to an impressive 10 feet in height.

Their most terrifying features are 2-4 inch claws and a jaw of razor-sharp canines. A grizzly bear is capable of lifting more than 1,100 pounds, making it one of the strongest animals on the planet.

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Oxen

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Oxen (or “bullock” in Australia and India) are massive bovines primarily used for ploughing and transportation. The animals are generally castrated to make them easier to control. They weigh more 1,400 pounds and can haul loads exceeding 800 pounds, which is more than any other draft animal in existence, making them one of the strongest creatures on the planet.

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Gorilla

Image: Ryan Poplin, Flickr
Image: Ryan Poplin, Flickr

Gorillas preside predominantly in groups throughout regions of central Africa. They can weigh up to 600 pounds and possess uncanny intelligence. Gorillas can lift up to two tons — making for one of the strongest animals on the planet.

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Ants

Worker ants are well known for impressive strength, and researchers estimate that they can carry anywhere from 10-1000 times their own weight. One unusual study even suggested that their bodies can withstand up to 5000 times their own weight until their heads fall off.

A post on Arizona State University’s website explained, “Because ants are so small, their muscles have a greater cross-sectional area (they are thicker) relative to their body size than in larger animals. This means they can produce more force pound-for-pound (or in the case of an ant, milligram-for-milligram).”

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African Elephant

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The African Bush Elephant is the largest living terrestrial mammal on earth, endemic to many different parts of Africa. They can weigh up to six tons and consume up to 1,000 pounds of food per day. They are capable of lifting 14,000 pounds, making them the strongest mammals on the planet.

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Dung Beetle

Image: Wikimedia Commons
Image: Wikimedia Commons

Dung beetles are found on nearly every continent on earth and feed solely on the excrement of other animals. They are truly the strongest animals alive, capable of pulling 1,141 times their own body weight. These half-inch long insects are efficient creatures, remarked for rolling and burying large amounts of dung in a single night.

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Eagle

Image: Wikimedia Commons

These large, powerful birds of prey are the strongest birds on the planet. Eagles are remarked for their ability to grasp animals with piercing talons and carry them long distances. They are capable of lifting up to 15 pounds, more than four times their own body weight.

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