5 Animals With Superpowers Way Cooler Than X-Men

Published August 3, 2014
Updated February 5, 2018

Dung Beetle

Animals With Superpowers Beetle

Big things come in small packages Source: Insecte

It might not have the most flattering name in the world, but super strength is the definitive superpower and the dung beetle has it (and how!). The insect gets a bad rap due to its choice of food (which is obvious from its name), but the dung beetle possesses so many other interesting qualities more important than its taste in grub. Among them is the dung beetle’s ability to carry things many, many times larger heavier than itself.

Green Dung Beetle

Dung beetles come in a variety of colors Source: FSD 2010

This is a trait shared by all dung beetle species, but Orthophagus Taurus is the undisputed champion. It can pull up to 1,141 times its own body weight. Imagine a human being able to pull a double-decker bus filled with people…and then combine it with another five buses! That is the strength of this little guy who is, pound for pound, the most powerful creature in the animal kingdom.

Animals With Superpowers Beetle Race

Place your bets Source: Pic Photos

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