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How heavy is 2.8 tons?

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It's about as heavy as a Giraffe.
(Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata) (adult, male)
An adult, male giraffe weighs an average of 2.8 tons. Reaching 5.5 m (18 ft) in height by adulthood, giraffe calves can grow as much as 3 cm (1 in) per day.
It's about nine-tenths as heavy as The Tongue of a Blue Whale.
In other words, 2.8 tons is 0.94 times the weight of The Tongue of a Blue Whale, and the weight of The Tongue of a Blue Whale is 1.1 times that amount.
(Balaenoptera musculus) (adult)
The tongue of a Blue Whale can weigh up to 3 tons. Despite their tremendous size, blue whales feed almost exclusively on tiny crustaceans called krill and cannot swallow anything much larger than a beach ball.
It's about one-and-one-fifth times as heavy as a Rhinoceros.
In other words, the weight of a Rhinoceros is 0.83 times 2.8 tons.
(for Black rhinoceros, Diceros bicornis) (Adult, male)
An adult black rhinoceros weighs between 2.3 tons. Rhinoceros are extremely aggressive — nearly one of every two males will die as a result of fighting with other rhinoceros.
It's about two-thirds as heavy as a Hippopotamus.
In other words, 2.8 tons is 0.677 times the weight of a Hippopotamus, and the weight of a Hippopotamus is 1.48 times that amount.
(Hippopotamus amphibius) (adult, male)
The average weight of an adult male hippopotamus ranges from 4.13 tons. Appearances to the contrary, adult hippos cannot swim or float in water; they actually move by leaping and walking across lake bottoms at about 8 kph (5 mph).
It's about one-and-a-half times as heavy as a Car.
In other words, 2.8 tons is 1.538 times the weight of a Car, and the weight of a Car is 0.6502 times that amount.
(for 2009 Ford Taurus; automatic transmission; curb weight)
A 2009 Ford Taurus weighs 1.821 tons. The first mass-produced car, the Curved Dash Oldsmobile — introduced in 1901 — weighed just 0.4255 tons.
It's about two-fifths as heavy as a Tyrannosaurus rex.
In other words, the weight of a Tyrannosaurus rex is 2.5 times 2.8 tons.
(for FMNH PR2081, a.k.a. "Sue") (a.k.a. Tyrannosaurus, a.k.a. T-Rex) (estimated live weight)
The notable Tyrannosaurus specimen housed at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Illinois, "Sue," is estimated to have weighed about 7.1 tons while alive. A renowned predator in popular culture, the teeth of tyrannosaurus rex were up to 33.02 cm (13 in) long.
It's about one-third as heavy as an Elephant.
In other words, 2.8 tons is 0.3381 times the weight of an Elephant, and the weight of an Elephant is 2.958 times that amount.
(for African bush elephant, Loxodonta africana) (Adult, bull)
A bull African bush elephant weighs between 8.283 tons. Among African elephants, both males and females have tusks (female Asian elephants lack tusks) which can grow to 3 m (10 ft) and weigh up to 0.09921 tons.