Fun Fact Friday

“Domestic pigs average a top speed of about 11 miles per hour.”

I think it’s funny what some of the top speeds of animals are that you’d never consider fast. The top speed of a kangaroo is 30mph, a giraffe 32mph, and a lion can hit 50mph. Humans max out at 27+mph. I’ve been reading the Hunger Games and I feel for this reason alone, a human would have a hard time surviving against say a bear whose top speed is also around 30mph. Also lets not forget that this speed is by our fastest man on the planet, Usain Bolt. Humans do tend to have better endurance than most animals but there are still a few who would put us to shame. In this fascinating article on times that animals would achieve in a marathon, it’s apparent that a camel or ostrich would win by over an hour. I remember a funny show on Fox which pitted humans against animals and they had a team of 4 midgets against a camel (below). It’s a perfect example of intelligence against potential. The animal has the potential but just the way the camel acts in the beginning shows how clueless he is in what’s going on. Pretty funny stuff.