10. Lion (650 psi)
He may be king of the jungle, but the lion isn’t king of this list, even among felines (as you’ll see). At approximately 650 pounds per square inch, the lion’s bite is relatively weak compared to that of other big cats. In our nightmares, being attacked by a lion may be all about being pounced on and torn to ribbons with flying claws and rending teeth. But the way most cats take down their prey is more subtle than that. When a lion attacks a wildebeest or buffalo, it clamps its jaws down on its victims throat, crushing the trachea. Once the prey is dead from suffocation, the pride feasts. Even though a lion’s bite is “weak” (although still six times that of a human), their jaws are only one weapon in their arsenal, so don’t start thinking it’s a smart idea to go out and poke a lion with a stick.
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