Here’s our pick of the 10 strongest animals from the animal kingdom.
1. Dung Beetle (Onthophagus taurus)
A dung beetle can haul 1141 times own weight. In 2010, researchers Rob Knell and Leigh Simmons demonstrated that the strongest males can pull a load 1,141 times its own weight.
2. Hercules beetle (Dynastes hercules)
A hercules beetle lifts 850 times its own weight. The hefty insects known as rhinoceros beetles carry huge loads – anecdotal evidences suggest this species can lug 850 times its own weight.
3. Leaf-cutter ants (Atta cephalotes)
The leaf-cutter ant lifts 50 times its own weight. The various species of leaf-cutter ant carry relatively enormous chunks of leaves back to their nest to fertilize the fungi on which they feed.
4. Eastern gorilla (Gorilla beringei)
The eastern gorilla lifts 10 times its own weight. Big male gorillas – silverbacks – are immensely strong. By comparison, the strongest human weightlifters can lift two or three times their own weight.
5. Crowned hawk-eagle (Stephanoaetus coronatus)
Lifts four times its own weight. One of Africa’s most powerful raptors, the crown hawked-eagle preys on mammals such as monkeys and bushbucks that weigh up to 30kg.
6. Tiger (Panthera tigris)
A tiger can lift as much a double of it’s own weight. Prey varies across the ranges of subspecies, but the largest tigers are known to hunt and carry water buffaloes and even young elephants.
7. Asian Elephant (Elephans maximus)
An Asian elephant pulls 170% of it’s own weight. But Asian elephants used in the timber industry have hauled logs weighing up to 9 tonnnes – nearly twice as heavy as a large male tusker.
8. Ox (Bos primigenius)
An ox can pulll 150% of it’s own weight. The phrase ‘strong as a ox’ is well coined: for millennia oxen have been used for hauling heavy loads and ploughing heavy soil.
9. Green anaconda (Eunectes murinus)
A green anaconda constricts at 90psi. Though figures are debated, the green anaconda is believed to be the world’s largest snake, and has the most powerful squeeze out a reported 90psi.
10. Brown bear (Ursus arctors)
A brown bear is five times as strong as a human. Grizzly bears grow up to 500kg and over, and prey on large mammals such as moose, elk and even black bears.