Animals Who Are More Athletic Than You

Nick DimengoFeatured ColumnistMay 9, 2014

Animals Who Are More Athletic Than You

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    Any of us who have pets know that we like to teach them cool tricks.

    And while making a dog give a high five is cool and all, we're probably a lot more impressed if that same pup is seen skateboarding down the street.

    While we all work hard on trying to perfect our athletic talents, here are a few animals who put all of us to shame with theirs—because, sadly, they are more athletic than us.

Service Dog Throws out First Pitch

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    With all the bad first-pitch attempts that we've seen over the years, at least this service dog came close to getting his "pitch" over the plate.

    Missing just a bit off the dish, I guarantee he did a better job than any of us could have done in front of a packed house.

    Then again, he did have the benefit of getting rewarded with a treat afterwards, so that was some incentive.

Bike-Riding Monkeys and Bears

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    I have no clue who sits down and actually thinks about training monkeys and bears how to ride bikes, but whoever thought this up should be applauded.

    Even after seeing this video hundreds of times since first watching it five years ago, I'm amazed at how athletic these animals can be.

    Riding a bike might not appear to be too tough, but if you haven't done it in awhile, these guys will remind you it's not as easy as you might think.

Swimming Dog

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    Now I'm not doubting most of us know how to dog paddle, but that still doesn't mean we could keep up with this little pup named Rocco in the water.

    In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if Rocco became the dog version of Michael Phelps, earning praise as the best swimmer out there—well, amongst the canines.

Soccer Dog

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    I've been playing soccer ever since I was about three years old, but even I admit that the skills this dog shows are pretty impressive.

    While he may not be the dog version of Cristiano Ronaldo or Neymar, I'd still probably pick him before a few of my uncoordinated friends in a pickup game on the pitch—I have a feeling he's one hell of a sweeper in defense.

Hamster Bowling

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    They call this "sport" hamster bowling—in actuality it's just a hamster knocking over pre-placed bottles—but it's still something that, if done to scale, a human probably couldn't do as successfully.

    Actually, I think most people would be afraid getting in a giant plastic ball and pushing it around like that, fearing that they'd show what they had for dinner the night before.

Basketball-Playing Elephants

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    Talk about a skilled big man!

    While former baller Shaquille O'Neal is often considered the most dominant center in NBA history, these elephants would no doubt give Shaq quite the matchup if they ever played a game of one-on-one.

    One thing's for sure: These pachyderms make putting the ball through a rim a hell of a lot easier than it really is.

Scuba Diving Cat and Dog

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    This one is actually a bit unbelievable.

    Sent underwater in custom-made scuba gear, this cat and dog see what the deep end is really like, breathing in oxygen and searching for sea urchins.

    OK, so it's just in a pool, but for being an animal, this is super impressive.

Scooter-Riding Dog

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    Trust me, I know that this looks super weird, and I couldn't even imagine what anyone's facial expression would be if they saw this out in public.

    It's still quite impressive.

    This dog named Norman uses his feet and hands better than some people would on that scooter, going further than a few friends that I don't want to embarrassingly mention here.

Skydiving Dog

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    Is this some type of animal cruelty? I'm not sure.

    But what I do know is that it's pretty badass seeing this dog named Bugsy soar through the air and skydiving back safely to the ground.

    While this is something that any human could do, most of us are too freaked out to ever actually try it, so props to Bugsy for already proving to have more guts than I do.

Waterskiing Squirrel

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    Even after seeing this video a thousand times ever since it first came out, it still doesn't get rid of the fact that Twiggy the squirrel can stay on waterskis longer than I can.

    Though I'm one hell of a wakeboarder, I could really use some lessons from Twiggy when it comes to keeping two skis together because I often end up with a pulled groin after doing the splits.

Wide Receiver Dog

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    Hey Butterfingers! Need some help snagging a football pass during a tailgate?

    If so, maybe calling up Jigs the wide receiver will help you out. The pup can seemingly do it all, lining up outside and going up for jump balls as if they're treats or playing in the slot and moving the chains.

    I wonder if Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks could shut him down?

Rodeo Monkey

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    While I was impressed with the monkeys who were riding around in a circle on a bike earlier, this primate shows that he's a real-life cowboy with the way he stays on his bucking dog.

    One of the best acts that a sporting event can bring in, these two might make you think that staying atop an animal is easy—but if a human tries it, bad things usually happen.

Snowboarding Dogs

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    If you've ever tried snowboarding before, you know that it's not exactly the easiest thing to do.

    Sliding down a hill with snow and ice on it, staying balanced and saving yourself from embarrassment is about all a novice rider can hope for.

    For these dogs, though? Well, they make it look simple, putting all of us who have tried to shame.

Slam-Dunking Sea Otter

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    For all those guys out there—me included—who weren't blessed with the gift of height, I'm sure you've cranked the handle down on a basketball hoop in order to dunk.

    And even then, there's no guarantee you'll throw one down like Blake Griffin does.

    For a sea otter named Eddie who lives at the Oregon Zoo, though, he has no trouble getting up and slamming 'em down.

Skateboarding Dog

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    C'mon now, this guy is classic.

    Featured in an iPhone commercial a few years back, this bulldog named Tillman might have the benefit of balancing on all fours—whereas us humans have only two feet to stay on the board—but he's still able to maneuver the thing better than us all.

    Only question: Can he hit the halfpipe?