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Many animals possess strength that even the strongest humans could only dream about.

Different animals have different kinds of strength. Some have pure brute strength and are capable of lifting, dragging, carrying or pulling enormous weights. Others may be much smaller yet have immense power compared to their size. Here are 10 of the world’s strongest animals. Prepare to be amazed...

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Bald eagle

An eagle is the strongest bird, able to lift something four times its own body weight during flight.
Learn how eagles have a connection with ancient Aztecs in our Animals A-Z section.



An anaconda snake can squeeze something the same as its own 250kg body weight to death.

Grizzly Bear

Grizzly bear

When it comes to pure strength the Grizzly bear can lift over 500kg, 0.8 times its body weight.
Learn more facts and watch videos of bears in our Animals A-Z section.


Musk Ox

An ox can pull and carry something 900kg, 1.5 times its body weight across rugged terrain.



A tiger can carry something 550kg, twice its own body weight ten feet up a tree.
Find out what tigers have in common with domestic cats in our Animals A-Z section.


Eastern Lowland Gorillas

A gorilla can lift something 2,000kg (as heavy as 30 humans), over 10 times their body weight.
Read more facts and watch videos of gorillas in our Animals A-Z section.

African Elephant

African elephants

In brute strength, elephants are the strongest mammals and the strongest land animals. African elephants can weigh up to 6,350kg and they can carry up to 9,000kg, the weight of 130 adult humans.
Find out how elephants communicate in our Animals A-Z section.

Leafcutter Ant

Leaf ant

Tiny leafcutter ants can lift and carry in their jaws something 50 times their own body weight of about 500mg. That’s the same as a human lifting a truck with its teeth.
Find out more facts and watch fascinating videos of ants in our Animals A-Z section.

Rhinoceros Beetle

Rhinoceros Beetle

Rhinoceros Beetles can lift something 850 times their own weight. To put this into perspective, if a human had the strength of the rhinoceros beetle, it would be able to lift a 65 ton object. If the mighty elephant had equal strength to the rhinoceros beetle it would be able to carry 850 elephants on its back.

Dung Beetle

Dung Beetle

A dung beetle is not only the world’s strongest insect but also the strongest animal on the planet compared to body weight. They can pull 1,141 times their own body weight. This is the equivalent of an average person pulling six double-decker buses full of people. Now that’s strong!

kudzanai muchinhairi's avatar
kudzanai muchinhairi on 20/12/2010

what would be the world if humans were given such proportionate power as the dung beetle. Oh…. GOD is marvellous.