We have seen legendary boxers punching each other, but have you ever thought about the same thing happening in the animal world? Well, for a fact it is true! Some animals in the wild could be more violent than we could even think. Do you want to know which these strong and fierce animals are? So let’s look at the list of the few animals with the strongest kicks and punches.
As per science, the fastest punch is of marine crustaceans called mantis shrimps. They use their specialized forelimbs to strike prey with their shocking power. Force exerted is so high that the mantis shrimp easily tear through the water. It creates implosions underwater, generating light, heat, and sound.
Sheila Patek’s laboratory at Duke University discovered that peacock mantis shrimps could generate a force that peaks at nearly 2,500 times their body weight in less than 800 microseconds.
It is an excellent thing to know that shrimps also engage in territorial contests. Patek and her team describe these encounters as “ritualized sparring” rather than some lethal contests.
Trap jaw ants
Patek also studied about insects called trap-jaw ants. The mouthparts of these insects snap shut on prey astonishingly fast, giving it this name. This species also brawl to settle disputes. They can be seen boxing with one another with their antennae to determine the hierarchy within the nest.
In 2016, researchers used high-speed cameras to record four species of trap-jaw ants while boxing with their antennae. One of Florida native struck its opponent in 41.5 times per second, and the team described jaw-ants as “the fastest boxers ever recorded.”
The fighting duel between hares during the spring season occurs for the mating. It believes that only male hares are in for a fight; however, modern research shows that boxing matches are often started by females who are not ready to mate and choose to fight off pushy suitors.
In Australia, male kangaroos have bulging biceps, which is the signal of more sexually-charged scuffing. According to a 2013 study, the males’ developed forelimb muscles as a result of sexual selection. Male kangaroos grapple and slap one another to settle disputes over mates, and that’s when big muscles come as a more significant advantage to them.
A zebra’s kick can be menacing, but the evidence to support this fact is purely anecdotal. Zebras are most suggestively harder to tame as compared to the horses. In the year 2016, a book named Zebra Stripes described how plain zebras deal with predators. Video footage also shows that the zebras kick lions in the chest.
This bird wandering pasture in sub-Saharan Africa chases its prey in silence. Predators describe this bird as a ‘long-legged ninja eagle.’ The shape of the bird may seem ironic and very laughable. It feeds on poisonous snakes and kills them with one mighty kick.
As per the study conducted in 2016, the researchers tried to estimate the kicking strength of a male bird and found that it managed to kick five or six times faster than a human.
So these are the few animals with strongest kicks and punches. The list of the animal doesn’t end here with these few animals only. Hopefully, you have received enough information and exciting facts about the animals you were unaware of till now.