Elephants are a large mammal that belongs to Elephantidae. They are categorised into two types, and they are African elephant and the Asian elephant, although some people suggest that African elephants and African elephants are from separate species. Elephants are found in the sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia.
Here are some mind-blowing facts about Elephants that you need to know.
A female elephant can have children until the age of about 50 years. They tend to have a new baby every 2 and a half years to four years. They usually have a single child; twins are very rare.
The average age of an elephant in the wild is about 50 to 70 years. The old elephant was Lin Wang, an Asian elephant that died in February 2003 at the age of 86.
The largest known elephant was killed in Angola in 1956, and it weighed about 24,000 pounds.
Tusks of an elephant are incisors that grow throughout the life of an elephant. Elephant adult male’s tusks grow about 7 inches per year. Tusks are used for digging for salt, water and sometimes used in fighting.
Most female elephants are known to live in groups of elephants, in which they are bound and led by the queen, usually the oldest in the group. The queen will decide where and when to move from season to season.
Elephants have emotions like sense of loss, pain. They remember and mourn their loved ones, even after several years of their death.
Elephants are not afraid of mice as suggested by some myths. However, they are afraid of ants and bees. Therefore, farmers in some African countries protect their farm camps, by lining up their fences with artificial hives.
It is well known that Elephants can walk, run but cannot jump. They are so thick that basically cannot make them get all four legs in the air at the same time.
Elephants use mud as sunshades to protect their skin from ultraviolet rays. Their skin is very sensitive.