What Animal Can Lift 50 Times Its Own Weight?

Perhaps you think it might be the ferocious lion or the enormous elephant, but guess again. It’s actually the tiny ant, which may be as small as 1/16 of an inch or as long as 2 inches. Whatever its size, this tiny insect can carry up to 50 times its own weight.

What is probably most surprising about this is the fact that the ant does not have any bones, only a horny skin to serve as a protective covering. But it does have very powerful jaws which it uses to cut and carry leaves, flowers, seeds, twigs, wood, dirt, cocoons, and even parts of larger animals, including crocodiles and lions, that armies of thousands of ants have killed.

If a 175-pound man had the equivalent strength of an ant, he would be able to lift 4 tons with his teeth!

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Karen Hill is a freelance writer, editor, and columnist for zippyfacts.com. Born in New York, she loves interesting random facts from all over the world.