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Asian Elephants stronger than African Elephants?!?!
Topic Started: Oct 5 2012, 10:27 PM (6,483 Views)
Superpredator
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Claimed to be strongerNot as powerful as the Asian elephant, despite it’s larger size.

I got this from here. Is this true?! It would surprise me very much if so.
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Godzillasaurus
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That's interesting. But notice how it only said "claimed". I think it is claimed because Asian elephants are commonly used by humans to lift very heavy things. Why would it be stronger than its larger cousin?
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ImperialDino
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No study or test has been done to prove that. I don't know how anybody would come to that conclusion unless their joking.
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The Asian Elephant does seem have proportionately shorter legs and a more "stocky" build, which MAY give it a strength advantage at parity (and this is still unproven).

But at average weights, the African is certainly stronger, at least in absolute terms.
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It is a matter of opinion i believe an african elephant is the stronger.
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Certainly at this point it is a matter of opinion which is stronger at equal weights. I simply was stating related anecdotes from a person who worked elephants for many, many years and continues to do so.
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Well, the Asian Elephant has a shorter and stockier build, so it may be stronger.
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That's just an opinion/guesswork from the author of that website. That being said, at parity, I believe the Asian Elephant is slightly stronger than it's cousin because it appears more stocky build IMO. However, at average weights, the African Elephant is obviously stronger due its larger size.
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Asin elephants seem more impressive in the forequarters to me.
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to me they both seem roughly equal at parity. maybe that´s just a myth because of asian elephants being domesticated and thus favoured by humans (like those guys who think their dfog could beat everything)
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You should probably post that elephant comparison in the video image gallery.
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Interesting but it should have more studies done about this
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Only at parity, at average sizes African elephant is obviously stronger.
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If there's really a difference, it's pretty much negligible.
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I agree with Elephantus. In absolute terms, the bush elephant should almost certainly be stronger, but in relative terms(per mass strength) the Asian could indeed be stronger.

The thing with African elephant bulls is that an average one can appear somewhat leaner and not as muscular as typical fully grown Asian, but some big specimens are an absolute powerhouses far beyond any elephant from Asia.
Such bulls were obviously not domesticated/trained for work so even the most experienced people can't compare their strength with a working Asian elephant, but they can break massive trees with
little effort.
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