London 2012: World’s Strongest Animals Compete In The Animal Olympics!

Are you feeling the post Olympic blues? Here’s something to cheer you up! We’ve compiled our very own animal Olympics to showcase some of the world’s strongest and fastest animals. Enjoy!…

Watch animals such as the capuchin monkeys in Costa Rica emulate the performance of gymnasts in the Olympic Games. See their acrobatic moves across treetops in Costa Rica’s exotic jungles.

Look at the brown pelicans in Ecuador impersonate the diving abilities of Tom Daley. This is their way of catching unsuspecting fish with an element of surprise.

Dung beetles can be found in Madagascar. Their build allows them to pull things at over 1000 times their body weight, which can be likened to weightlifting champions in the Olympics.

Usain Bolt is celebrated as the fastest man in the world when he achieved a world record in the 100m. Cheetahs are the quickest animal on earth and can be found in many places such as Kenya and Tanzania.

Olympic marathon runners can complete the 26 mile course in about two hours. Wildebeests in Africa can cover more ground as they migrate to a different region each year. You can see the annual journey when the African wildebeests set off from Tanzania as they make their way to Kenya.

Marathon runners can run long distance on the ground. On the other hand, monarch butterflies will fly over 3,000 miles to reach the forests in Mexico from the Rocky Mountains every year.

The world record for the high jump event in the Olympics is 2.45m, but the Puma can jump over five times their own height.  Pumas can live in many types of habitat, like the desert, but they can also be seen in British Columbia and South America.

The high jump is a popular event at the Olympic Games. A creature that can leap an impressive distance considering their size is the salmon fish as they make their journeys upstream to spawn. These leaping fish can be seen in The Falls of Shin in Scotland.

The kangaroo can be a strong competitor for athletes in the long jump in the Olympics as they can jump a distance of about 12m, over 3m further than the long jump record set by Mike Powell. Australia is home to many different types of kangaroos and can be seen in places like the Melbourne Zoo.

How vultures eat ostrich eggs can be compared to athletes competing in the shot put event at the Olympics. They throw rocks at the ostrich egg to crack them open. You can see this act at the Santa Cillia Vulture station in Spain.

When red deer use their antlers to fight one another in a bid to capture the attention of their female counterparts, it is comparable to fencers that duel in the Olympics. You can spot red deer in Britain, particularly in Devon.

The 10km swimming event at the Olympics is a challenge for competent swimmers like Keri-Anne Payne, but the humpback whale can swim over 5,000 miles for their migration journeys between the equator and the poles. You can spot humpback whales in the Archipelago of the Azores.

Nature’s equivalent of synchronised swimming are orcas grouping together to hunt seals by making waves in order to make them fall into the water. Try scuba diving in South Africa during the summer to catch this underwater spectacle.

Athletes in the Olympics use arrows in the archery event to hit their target. Chameleons use their tongues to capture insects for food. These animals live in Madagascar and Africa if you want to see this predatory skill up close.

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