The Top 10 Animal Superpowers
So you think Spiderman’s and Catwoman’s special powers are impressive. They’re nothing compared to what these creatures can do
- By Sarah Zielinski
- Smithsonian.com, December 06, 2012
The world’s strongest creature is none other than a humble dung beetle—a male Onthophagus taurus has been measured pulling a weight 1,141 times that of its own body. That’s the equivalent of a 200-pound guy pulling a dozen large school buses. To what end does the dung beetle use his super strength? As most males given superpowers probably would—to get girls. When a female dung beetle is ready to mate, she finds a good piece of dung and digs a tunnel beneath it to lay her eggs. The male that wants to mate with her has to guard the tunnel and push away any rivals. If he’s successful, he’ll get to father her brood.