Ten facts about Elephants

Ten facts about Elephants

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Elephants are huge animals that form part of our culture. Apart from being a source of revenue in some parts of the country from their tusks, other honor them for religious purposes. They are also a spectacular to look at. Their long ears and trunks are huge and they can easily trample on you. They are a loving family because they move in groups. You have to stay close to them to understand them.

10. They have big ears for receiving communication signals

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In the interesting top ten facts about elephants, they have big ears for receiving communication signals is position 10.  The elephant’s big ears serve for many purposes. They use their ear to communicate. Their ear could also be used to receive signals from far so that if there was an enemy, they could be alerted earlier. During hot seasons, the ear cools the body so it is hard to see the elephant sweating.

9. Elephants are herbivorous animals

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 In the interesting top ten facts about elephants, Elephants are herbivorous animals is position 9. Elephants feed on plants. We can therefore classify them under primary consumers. Elephants eat large chunk of plants after which they drink gallons of water to make digestion take place easily. During rainy season, they can be spotted near water bodies because of the water that they have to drink.

8. Like human elephants foot too has 5 toes but all the toes do not have nails

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In the interesting top ten facts about elephants, like human elephants foot too has 5 toes but all the toes do not have nails is position 8. Elephant’s toes look like small stones, the reason being that the toes do not have nails. Though their feet are flat, they are able to walk quietly because of the pad. The circumference of the foot is wide to make them balance their body. Both the African elephant and Asian elephant have 5 toes but the difference is on the back feet which for some is 4 or 3 toes.

7. Elephant is the largest mammal on this planet earth

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In the interesting top ten facts about elephants. Elephant is the largest mammal on this planet earth is position 7. When comparing the Asian elephant and African elephant, the African elephant is considered the largest. This could either be what they eat and maybe the climatic conditions. Generally when compared to other mammals, they are considered the largest even larger than the whale.

6. Elephants always live in a group

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In the interesting top ten facts about elephants, Elephants always live in a group is position 6. Elephants are considered to love one another. Their love for one another is witnessed in the way they move in groups, more specifically the female elephants. As for the males they can join any group and fit well. They normally reach adolescent then they leave the herd. In the groups, the female elephants are very instrumental, they help each other with food and help themselves to take care of their young ones.

5. The normal life span for elephant is 60-80 years

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In the interesting top ten facts about elephants, the normal life span for elephant is 60-80 years is position 5. Elephant reach the age of 60- 80 then they die. When dead, they are buried by their fellow herd that does not dig a deep grave. The grave that is dug is shallow and the dead is covered with branches. At this point you can say that elephants behave like human beings because they are sympathetic to the dead.

4. Elephants are also born without tusks. Gradually they develop milk tusks and later replace them with permanent ones

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In the interesting top ten facts about elephants, elephants are also born without tusks. gradually they develop milk tusks and later replace them with permanent ones is position 4. Elephants are just like human. They are born with no tusks the way their tusks grow is the way the human teeth grow. They have milk tusk and permanent tusk. The milk tusk fall off and give way for the permanent tusk.  Even the use of their tusks is like the way the human use their teeth to bite and chew. For the elephant they dig and carry heavy things.

3. The trunk is a special nose for elephants, with more than 40,000 muscles

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In the interesting top ten facts about elephants, the trunk is a special nose for elephants, with more than 40,000 muscles is position 3. The elephant trunk, is used for many purposes. The elephant uses the trunk to draw and paint. Because of their intelligence, the elephant uses its trunk to open locks and that is the reason those who work at the zoo and the carnivals prefer them.

2. Elephant is third most intelligent animals on this planet

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In the interesting top ten facts about elephants, Elephant is third most intelligent animals on this planet is position 2. Elephants are some of the most intelligent animals on Earth. They are so clever that those in the zoo prefer them to other animals. Their brain is well developed and with that they are able to come up with many tricks at the zoo. They also have feelings because of the respect they bestow upon their dead one.

1. Elephants are symbol of mythology

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In the interesting top ten facts about elephants, Elephants are symbol of mythology is position 1. Elephants have been used by some communities to serve them in a special way. Some communities view them as a symbol of strength and wisdom. Other communities show their respect by putting the face of their god to be that of an elephant. Even in movies we see elephant used in wars. Though it does not run fast, the elephant is still viewed as a religious figure and a role model to other animals.



Laura

Part of the womstreet editing team, Laura is from the UK and has keen interests in Business, entertainment, home, design and culture.