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Heart rates of animals TOP 10

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21 September 2016

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Heart rates of animals TOP 10

Animals heart rate TOP 10

Hearts are symbols of Valentine’s Day, but in the animal kingdom there many different hearts – small medium and huge. The human heart beats about 60-80 times per minute. Our heart rate increases when enhances our physical effort or when we get stress.

As you might guess, heart rate most of the animals differs from the human pulse – a hibernating groundhog’s (Marmota monax) heart beats only 5 times and a hummingbird’s heart 1,260 bpm. Let us take a closer look, how fast beat hearts in the animal world.

The heart of a blue whale

The heart of a blue whale

Heart beats of animals per minute [Bpm]

  • Hibernating groundhog 5
  • Blue whale 8-10
  • Tortoise 10
  • Alligator 32
  • Elephant 25–35
  • Horse 28–40
  • Dolphins 35 – 45
  • Bear 55 (14 during hibernation sleep)
  • Ox 36–60
  • Condor 65
  • Dairy cow 48–84
  • Human 60 – 80 (average 72)*
  • Dog large 60–80
  • Goat 70–80
  • Sheep 70–80
  • Dog medium 80-100
  • Pig 70–120
  • Cat 120–140
  • Dog small 100-160
  • Pigeon 185
  • Wild duck 190
  • Turkey 193
  • Parrot 200
  • Domestic duck 240
  • Rhesus monkey 160–330
  • Guinea Pig 200–300
  • Chicken (adult) 250–300
  • Buzzard 300
  • Hen 312
  • Rabbit 180–350
  • Crow 378
  • Rat 250–400
  • Chick 350–450
  • Hamster 300–600
  • Mouse 450–750
  • Canary 1,020
  • Blue-throated Hummingbird 1,260
  • Etruscan shrew 1,511
Human heart

Human heart

*Man resting heart rate varies with age:

  • Fetal heart rate: 110-150
  • Newborn’s and infant’s pulse:
    • 0-3 months: 100-150
    • 3-6 months: 90-120
    • 6-12 months: 80-120
  • Pulse of a child 1-10 years: 70-130
  • Pulse of youth: 85
  • Pulse of adult: 70
  • Pulse of an elderly person: 60
  • Pulse of professional athlete: 40-60; record – 27 beats (professional cyclist).

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