How strong are elephants?


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Elephants are considered the strongest mammal and strongest land animal, as they can carry up to 9,000 kilograms, which in turn equals the approximate weight of 130 adult human beings. An elephant's trunk consists of over 100,000 muscles.

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An elephant's trunk is so strong, it is capable of uprooting trees. Elephants also use their trunks to gather roots, bathe, cool themselves, detect scents and communicate with other elephants. An elephant's sense of smell is over 100 times better than a dog's, due to the fact that there are sensory organs located throughout its entire trunk. Adult elephants can weigh up to 7,500 pounds and typically consume between 220 and 440 pounds of vegetation per day.

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