Interesting & Amazing facts about Elephants you may know
- The elephant’s gestation period is 22 months – longer than any other land animal in the world. A newborn human baby weighs an average of 7 pounds while a newborn elephant baby can weigh up to 260 pounds! The baby can stand up shortly after being born.
- Elephants are the only mammal that cannot jump.
- Each elephant has completely unique ears.
- They can swim for long distances.
- They have a pulse rate of 27.
- They have a poor hearing, despite having such large ears.
- They are known to live for as long as 70 years.
- An elephant will spend about 16 hours eating in a single day.
- Elephants sleep very little. These mammals are known to sleep for about 5 hours in a night.
- An elephant sleeps while standing.
- Elephants can hear one another’s trumpeting calls up to 5 miles (8 kilometres) away.
- The largest elephant on record weighed about 24,000 pounds (10,886 kg) with a height of 13 feet (3.96 m).
- An elephant’s trunk has eight major muscles on either side and 150,000 muscle bundles in all. It is
so strong that it can push down trees and lift a whopping 700,000 pounds.
- Not only is the trunk used for breathing (and smelling and drinking and feeding) it is also
used for social purposes like greetings and caresses.
- Elephant females can have babies until they are about 50 years old. They tend to have a new baby
every 2 and a half to 4 years. They usually have one baby, twins are very rare.
- The main reason why elephants are massively killed by poachers is their tusks.
Although scientific researchers proved the ivory consists of dentine, a tissue that
is similar to bone and has no special effects or qualities.
- An elephant’s trunk can also serve as a straw or a hose.
- An elephant fills its trunk with up to 5 quarts of water and then empties it into its mouth in order to drink.
- Elephants have two gaits – a walk and a faster gait that is similar to running. They cannot jump, trot or gallop, however, they can swim and use their trunk as a snorkel.
- About 100 elephants are being killed every day for their ivory.
- African elephants have the best sense of smell in the animal kingdom.
- Elephants are scared of bees.
- Urinary bladder of Elephant can store up to 50 litres of urine in it
So, these are Interesting facts about Elephants