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Snake-hunting secretary birds use the force of five times their body weight to stamp on and kill their prey


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A team of scientists from Royal Holloway, University of London, the Royal Veterinary College and the Hawk Conservancy Trust have discovered Secretary Birds can kick with 195 Newtons, which is equivalent to five times their own body weight, when they attack and kill their prey. And the contact time between the bird's feet and the snake is delivered extremely quickly - on average just 15 milliseconds.

 

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