A ton is a unit of weight in both the metric and U.S. customary systems of measurement. In the U.S. customary system, a ton (T) is equal to 2,000 pounds. A metric ton (t), on the other hand, is equal to 1,000 kilograms (approximately 2,200 pounds).

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A full-grown male African elephant may weigh about 7 metric tons (15,400 lbs), while the female may weigh about half as much. In comparison, a Volkswagen Beetle weighs about 3,000 pounds, or 1.5 tons.