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Strong Stronger Strongest

posted Oct 12, 2011, 9:52 PM by JustBenke   [ updated Oct 13, 2011, 5:59 AM ]
I have seen many strongman competitions and been awed by the weights these men can lift, push, and pull. But, if we take a look at the animal kingdom…even those strongmen look kind of weak. 
A grizzly can lift 1,200 pounds which is 80% of their bodyweight.
The elephant weighs in around 12,000 pounds and can carry 20,000 pounds, not bad!
A tiger can climb a tree with a cow in its mouth and some eagles can lift up till 4 times their own bodyweight during  flight 
The mighty Gorilla can lift up to 10 times its own body weight; we are talking about 4,600 pounds!
But it is not until we start to check the small fellows out that it gets crazy! A Leafcutter Ant can lift 50 times its own body weight and the old world champion, the Rhinoceros Beetle, can lift something 850 times its own weight. But there is a  new world champion.
According to Scientific American, the Onthophagus Taurus (Dung Beetle) can pull something 1,140 times its own body weight.
The National Center for Health Statistics says the average weight for an adult male in the United States is: 189.9 pounds. So, if that man would be as strong as the Dung Beetle, he could pull 216,486 pounds!