What defines a champion? Is it someone who has won a major sporting event or a lot of awards? Is it the strongest, fastest or smartest person in the world? Or, is it someone who has demonstrated an incredible feat?

All of these possibilities have something in common — they all make people unique and stand out from the rest of the population. Animal champions are a lot like human champions in that way. They are the animals who can run faster, dive deeper, fly higher and live longer than other animals of their kind. Take a look at these facts about some of the most incredible animals champions in the world.

* Did you know Honeybees may be tiny compared to humans, but they can fly almost as fast as humans can run! They beat their wings 15,000 times a minute.

* Even though ostriches can’t fly, they can run faster than any other bird and even most other animals.

* Reticulated Pythons are the largest snakes in the world. They can be more than 28 feet long.

* Did you know Humpback Whales are the largest musicians in the world? Male Humpbacks create “music” underwater that can be heard for miles.

* Most people don’t expect insects to live very long lives, but Queen Termites can live and lay eggs for more than 50 years. Some scientists say they can live for more than 100 years!

* Giant tortoises can live for more than 150 years.

* The Asian Elephant is the strongest land mammal. It can lift more than 2,000 pounds with its trunk, and can drag a load weighing more than 20,000 pounds.

* Chimpanzees are only about half the height of humans, but they are three times stronger, with the ability to lift six times their own body weight.

* Sperm whales are the best divers of all air-breathing animals. They can dive two miles below the ocean’s surface and hold their breath for almost two hours!

* Bar-headed Geese have been seen flying over the top of Mount Everest, an altitude of 29,500 feet. That’s more than 5 1/2 miles in the air!

These fun facts show that animals can do some truly amazing things. Which of these facts do you think is the most remarkable?

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