Elephants are the biggest land animals on the planet. They are known for their large floppy ears, long trunks, and thick and wide legs. But, aside from their physical appearance, there are other interesting things you can learn about them.
Here are 20 of them:
The pregnancy of Asian and African elephants runs for 21 to 22 months.
Elephants and dogs are the only two animals that seem to understand pointing.
Elephants are intelligent creatures. Like humans, they bury dead, sleep, and aid humans whenever they are hurt.
Elephants are scared of bees. As soon as they hear them, they run as fast as they can.
Baby elephants are referred to as “punks”.
Elephants weigh less than the tongue of a blue whale.
Elephants love to swim. They enjoy the feeling of being in the water.
The elephants have better memory than humans.
Adult elephants could not jump.
Every year, elephants kill over 500 people. They also rape and murder adult rhinos.
Elephants have the ability to breathe through their forehead.
Whenever the elephants feel down, they comfort one another with touch.
Elephants can also suffer sunburns.
Aside from humans, elephants are the only mammals that have chins.
Just like how a human baby sucks on its thumb, baby elephants can also suck on their trunk for comfort.
Despite their huge size, it can pick up very small things, such as a grain of rice.
Elephants can be trained to paint from memory.
The trunk of the elephant functions as a hand, extra foot, and nose.
The average weight of the tooth of an elephant is three kilograms.
The elephant is Thailand’s national animal.
The Asian elephant is now listed as a threatened species by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. But, according to the African Wildlife Foundation, there are still about 470,000 African elephants roaming around in the wild.