catchy facts about elephants

elefacts :

  • Elephants are the largest land mammals

  • Wild elephants live in families called herds – herds are made up of female elephants.

  • The only males in these herds are the young calves

  • The leader of the herd is usually the oldest female – she is called the Matriarch

  • In the wild, a mother elephant has help with the babies from other elephants – who are known as Aunties. A new mother will choose her aunties and together they will raise the baby.

  • A young male elephant stays with the herd until he is about 15 years old. He then leaves and lives alone like most bull elephants

  • Elephants only eat plants, grass and fruit – they don’t eat meat.

  • Elephants love bananas

  • Elephants are so clever they can peel their own bananas, corn and lots of other food.

  • Elephants love water

  • They love to swim, bathe and play in rivers

  • A healthy adult elephant can drink up to 60 gallons of water each day – which is the same as about 275 big bottles of coke

  • To drink, they suck the water up into their trunk and spraying it into their mouths

  • They love squirting themselves and people with water using their trunk like a shower

  • The elephant’s trunk is one of nature most amazing creations

  • An elephant can pick up a coin with his trunk – he can also pick up a tree trunk.

  • The Asian elephant has one finger on the end of the trunk the African has two

  • The trunk is very sensitive and elephants are very careful and protective of them

  • The trunk is used to drink, smell, pick up food, touch and communicate.

  • It is used to tenderly touch a loved one or in self-defence as a weapon.

  • An elephant lives on average to the age of 70 – the same as humans

  • Elephants are very emotional – they cry when they are upset and squeak and trumpet when they are happy

  • Elephants are the only animals other than humans to grieve for the dead.

  • Elephants have very good memories

  • Elephants are scared of dogs

  • Elephants are so clever they even play jokes on humans

  • Domesticated elephants form a lifelong bond with their mahout

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