Now that is an impressive showing of physical strength.
You won’t believe your eyes when you see this video of a leopard taking its kill straight up a tree. The sheer power that this act showcases just gives yet another reason why you shouldn’t mess with wild animals.
I know I shouldn’t really be able to relate to the power exhibited by this big cat, but I can’t help but think that this is what I look like when I carry all of the groceries in from the car in one trip. Sorry for making this story about me, let’s get back to the leopard…
Clearly this dead carcass is twice the size of the leopard, but that doesn’t stop the big cat from quickly dragging it up into the tree tops. With the deceased wildebeest being limp, it is quite literally dead weight as it is carried within the jaws of the leopard.
And speaking of the animal’s jaw, the amount of force that must be chomping down on the prey has to be tremendous in order for it to hold it as it climbs. It is estimated that the big cat bites down with around 300 psi (pounds per square inch), making it one of the strongest bites in the animal kingdom.
It’s honestly tough to determine what part of the video and the leopard’s strength is the most remarkable. The jaw is pretty high up there, but then you account for the upper arm strength that it takes to climb, as well as the claws of the cat themselves, and I guess there’s really not a wrong answer.
I also love that the leopard wanted to climb up the tree with its food in the first place. Clearly it’s a protective thing for it so it can enjoy its meal in peace, but I like to think that it prefers to eat dinner with a view. You know, like a real high class citizen.
You’ll definitely want to watch the video more than once to really take it in:
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