Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Fascinating elephants - Part 1

Elephants would be arguably one of the planet’s most beloved animals. In the next couple of days we want to talk about these fascinating animals. African Savanna Elephant is the largest living terrestrial animal on the planet. Their sheer size is not the only thing that is unique about these animals though it is a "big" factor.

Bull Elephants (males) can grow up to 13 feet tall at the shoulders, measure up to 30 feet from trunk to tail, and weigh up to 14,000 pounds. Perhaps that explains why Elephants are the ONLY mammals that cannot jump!!!

An elephant’s trunk weighs around 400 pounds and contains around 100,000 different muscles. But, thanks to the elephants special physical features like finger-like appendages at the tip, they’re also nimble enough to pluck a single blade of grass. Elephants are either "lefties" or "righties"- They’ll favor that tusk when fighting other Elephants, picking things up, or stripping leaves and bark off trees. Elephants can also use their trunks to breathe (like a snorkel) in deep water. In this way, they can swim fairly long distances.

If you’re on safari and see an Elephant lift its trunk in your direction, it’s probably smelling you. Elephants have terrible eyesight, but a very keen sense of smell. All baby Elephants are born blind, but they can stand up almost immediately.

Such fascinating animals are elephants!!!


No comments:

Post a comment