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Animals Which Are Vegetarians and Strong

Updated on January 17, 2017

This Hub is not about famous vegetarian persons or vegetarian wrestlers... but about the wild as well as domestic animals who are vegetarians. If you think that meat eating makes an animal strong, remember that these strong animals are purely vegetarians.

African Elephant
African Elephant | Source


Elephant is a giant animal mostly found in the forests of Africa and Asia. In India, many elephants are tamed and have become domestic. For most of the Indians, it is an holy animal.

Elephants are vegetarians. They eat about 150 Kg of vegetation per day. It includes grass, fruits, small plants, tree bark etc.

African male elephant can reach up to 4 Meters of height, and weigh about 7 Metric Tons, while Asian male elephant can reach to 3.5 Meters and weigh up to 5 Metric tons. In spite of its heavy weight, elephant can run at a speed of 40 Kms, per hour.

Elephant is an intelligent animal. Its brain is largely similar to the brain of human being in terms of structure.


There are several species of Rhinoceros. Two of them are found in Africa and South Asia. This animal reach up to 1 ton of the weight. It eats 60 to 80 Kgs of food per day, which includes plants, leaves and tree bark. Like elephants, Rhinoceros also is a pure vegetarian animal.

Rhinoceros can run with a speed of 60 Kms per hour.

Although many people think that Rhinoceros is a 'stupid' animal, in fact it is an intelligent one.


There are many species of buffaloes. There are wild buffaloes as well as domestic buffaloes. All of them are vegetarians, and live on grass, small plants and leaves.

A buffalo weighs up to 1 Metric Ton. It can run with a speed of up to 40 Kms. per hour.

Domestic buffaloes are milked, mostly in south Asia.


Giraffe is an African animal. It is the tallest animal in the world, and can reach to 6 Meters of its height, and weighs about 1.5 Tonnes. It can run with a speed of up to 60 Kms. per hour.

Girrafe lives on tree bark and leaves.



Ox is found in India, Australia and some other countries. As this animal is strong built and powerful, it is used to carry Bullock carts, and for plowing in farms. It is also used to run some machinery.

An ox weighs about a ton, and can run at a speed of 60 Kms. per hour. It can carry a ton or more of material in a cart.

Oxen eat grass and food grains.

It is believed that oxen were domesticated 4000 years ago by man. This animal understands body language and verbal commands.



Horse is another strong, powerful, clever and swift vegetarian animal. Like oxen, horses also were domesticated by man 4000 years ago.

A horse can run at a speed of up to 40 to 70 Kms. per hour, depending on the type of the horse. When compared to other animals in this article, horse is a light weight one. A horse weighs between 480 to 550 Kgs.

Naturally, horses eat grass. Domestic horses eat various types of vegetarian food, including grass, pulses and food grains.

Why Are The Biggest Animals on Earth Vegetarian?


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    Mahaveer Sanglikar 4 years ago from Pune, India

    Thanks Peggy W for appreciation and pinning.

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    Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Beautifully written and illustrated post. Voted up and interesting and pinning to my animals board.

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    samowhamo 4 years ago

    I love and respect all animals (and I don't judge people who do or don't eat meat that's their business). Yes animals can be strong without meat but we cant judge carnivores because carnivores have to have meat they are just doing what nature designed them to do.

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    Rebecca 4 years ago from USA

    loved this. voted up

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    CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

    Very fascinating hub. Come to think of it, these are indeed the most strongest animals and yet they only feed on vegetables contrary to the belief that vegetarians are weak. Amazing!

    Beautiful pictures!

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    MG Singh 4 years ago from Singapore

    Excellent post friend. I love animals, particularly elephants and wild cats.

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    Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    I loved reading about these gorgeous vegetarian animals. Makes me want to be a vegetarian! Fascinating info and fabulous photos!

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    Very interesting and useful hub. Proves that being a vegetarian is not the reason to be weak in body or spirit.

    Voted up and shared.

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    kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

    Very nice pictures and great information about vegetarians animals! And indeed, even if they are vegetarians, they can be strong animals!

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    Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

    THank you for the information and interesting facts on these vegetarians. I am glad that you chose the title as such, it really draws a read into the article. Well, I am so glad the large elephants love vegetables and not meat!

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    iguidenetwork 5 years ago from Austin, TX

    Are buffalos and yaks the same, only with the long hair? Oh, I think hippopotamus should also be in this list, as far as I know they're also herbivores (unless you prove me wrong). Anyway, very interesting choice of strong vegetarians! Educational too. Up and interesting and awesome. :)

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    Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

    I am amazed. I didn't know that all of these animals were strickly vegetarines. Thank's for a great hub..

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    drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

    It's interesting, jainismus, to be reminded that some of the strongest animals on the planet are vegetarians. Too bad that lions and crocodiles don't fit into that category, too.

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    Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    I always love hubs about animals. Good job here my friend. You highlighted some of my favorite animals.

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    Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

    Interesting information and wonderful choice of pictures! It is true, you don't have to eat meat to be strong. Obviously some of the biggest and strongest of our animals are those that are herbivorous. Nice hub, voting up and interesting! :)