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Things You May Not Know About Elephants

Elephants love water
Elephants might be huge animals that we don’t necessarily associate with the graceful art of swimming but in fact, elephants like to swim. They often dive into the water and seem to enjoy fun in fighting the waves much like us. Only presumably, they are better at it given their size and strength. It also gives their joints a break with the buoyancy they get from the water.

Giving birth
Elephants generally give birth around every 2 and a half to four years up until an age of about fifty years. Like us, elephants usually just have one offspring at a time and twins are very rare; perhaps more rare than in humans.

They don’t get drunk
There are stories of African elephants getting drunk from the marula fruit. These stories however, are untrue. Whilst the elephants might eat the marula fruit from the true, they do not eat the fermented fruit from the ground and so cannot get drunk in this way. Even if they did eat the fermented fruit, they would have to eat a whole heap to have an effect on an animal of this size.

On average, an elephant doesn’t quite have the life expectancy of a human being, with a lifespan of about fifty to seventy years. The oldest elephant on record was Lin Wang, an Asian elephant, who died in February 2003 at the age of 86.

Trumpet sound
The trumpet sound elephants make is just one of several that can be heard coming from the beast but remains the most common and iconic. It can be heard by other elephants up to six miles.

Like us, elephants definitely have the capacity for strong emotions, feeling loss and even crying. They too mourn the loss of those close to them, even years after. It is claimed that when the “Elephant Whisperer” Lawrence Anthony died, a herd of elephants came to his house to mourn him.
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