African elephants often bury dead or sleeping humans or aid them when they are hurt. One woman fell asleep under a tree and woke to find an elephant standing over her gently touching her. As other elephants arrived they buried her under branches. She was found the next morning unharmed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
About "domestication syndrome". Only elephants have floppy ears in the wild. Dogs, rabbits, foxes, pigs, sheep, goats, etc have floppy ears only when domesticated. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Elephants are tremendous distance swimmers. They can swim for up to six hours and 25 miles (48km). They are so buoyant that if they tire in the water, they can just rest by floating and will not sink. They can also use their trunk as a snorkel and dive. wildanimalpark.org/can-el…
A man became a millionaire by selling fake dog balls. Neuticles are prosthetic testicles implanted to help avoid the trauma of altering the pet. A $2800 pair has even been made for an elephant. cnbc.com/2018/05/22/neuti…
Today I learned about war pigs against the siege of Megara in 266BC. Pigs were set on fire with resin, and sent towards the army's war elephants. The squealing pigs terrorized the elephants, causing them panic and trample anyone close by, ending the siege due to the high number of elephant-caused casualties. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War…
In 1884, after a stampede on the Brooklyn Bridge (the longest suspension bridge at that time) due to scared commuters and to boost confidence among New Yorkers, 21 elephants were paraded on the bridge to show the bridge's strength. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…
Elephant tusks are starting to get smaller and in the future more Elephants will be without tusks because we killed most elephants with big tusks and removed them from gene pool. cntraveler.com/stories/20…
Dewey was considered such a sure bet to win the 1948 election that NBC News constructed a large cardboard model of the White House containing two elephants that would pop out when NBC announced Dewey's victory; since Truman's defeat was considered certain, no donkeys were placed in the model. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/194…
Elephants in zoos are fat! Reproductive rates for captive elephants are drastically lower than wild elephants. Leading research suggests it's due to overfeeding in Zoos. youtube.com/watch?v=hfDAY…
Elephants rarely get cancer because they have extra copies of two cancer-fighting genes: P53, which hunts for cells with miscopied DNA, and LIF6, which obliterates the mutated cells before they can form a tumor. sciencemag.org/news/2018/…
Experts believe that the elephants that live in Sri Lanka are the progeny of elephants that swam across from Southern India across the sea in search of food and water. wildanimalpark.org/can-el…
After being shot by poachers, an Elephant in Zimbabwe named Ben walked to and patiently waited outside a medical lodge for 5 hours. bumihillsfoundation.org/b…
American rock band Cage the Elephant changed their name from 'Perfect Confusion' after a man with mental health issues ran up to the lead singer after a show in Tennessee, grabbed him and just repeatedly shouted "You have to cage the elephant, you have to cage the elephant." spin.com/2010/07/why-they…
Researchers documented elephants exhibiting contagious yawning in response to yawns by humans familiar to them. While spontaneous yawning is common across all vertebrate classes, contagious yawning is less common and has been observed only in a few species of social animals. frontiersin.org/articles/…
Elephant shrews, or sengis, is in fact closer related to elephants than actual shrews. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
Mary was a five-ton Asian elephant who performed in the Sparks World Famous Shows circus. After killing a keeper on his second day at work, in Kingsport, Tennessee in 1916, she was hanged from a crane. blueridgecountry.com/arch…
Elephants like to paint and play music. Some paintings have been compared to abstract expressionists like Jackson Pollock and have sold for $25,000. Other elephants have been taught to play in an orchestra and reportedly have a strong sense of rhythm and enjoy improvisation. the-scientist.com/daily-n…
There are at least three elephants buried in Southland, New Zealand. One of which was pushed off a boat after it died at sea and was washed up on the beach. i.stuff.co.nz/southland-t…
Some skeletons found of now extinct species of sloth suggest some varieties used to be as large as elephants. The Megatherium being one of them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meg…
The word Anaconda originated from Tamil Language. anai-kondra meaning elephant killer en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ana…
The largest early map of the world dates back to 1587 and was created by Monti (Monte) and it includes unicorns, lizardmen, elephant carried by a dinosaur and a pancake shaped Japan. However, the position of the countries is highly accurate. davidrumsey.com/ll/thumbn…
The bigger your brain, the longer your yawn. The average duration of yawns from mammals like humans, African elephants, walruses, mice, rabbits, and capuchin monkeys, predict the mammal's brain weight and its number of cortical neurons. scientificamerican.com/ar…
The elephant Tuffi jumped out of a monorail in Wuppertal in the 1950s. She was there as a publicity stunt for her Circus. She broke through a window and fell 12 meters into a river. Tuffi survived and died in the 1990s. spiegel.de/geschichte/wup…
The last 'Wild Cow' died in Poland in 1627. They were also known as Aurochs or Supercows. The earliest cows were mighty beasts that stood as tall as elephants. For thousands of years they were the largest land mammals in Europe. edition.cnn.com/2017/01/0…
A male elephant in India smashed through a wall in the house of Kipak and Lalita Mahato where their baby was. They saw the elephant start to move away; but when the baby kept crying, the elephant returned and used his trunk to gently remove pieces of brick and stone that had fallen on the baby. independent.co.uk/news/we…
Today I learned of the day-care sex-abuse hysteria, a moral panic of the 1980s early 1990s with charges against day-care providers of child abuse and Satanic ritual abuse. Claims included being flown to other locations, being abused in secret tunnels, the ritual killing of a giraffe and an elephant en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day…
In Jurassic park (1993), the insect trapped in amber and which made the cloning of dinosaur possible was actually elephant mosquito. It's the only mosquito that doesn't suck blood, so cloning wasn't actually possible. businessinsider.in/home/m…
An elephant named Mary was hung in front of a crowd of 2500 after injuring a trainer. This earned her the nickname "murderous Mary". npr.org/2019/05/15/722236…
A "white elephant gift exchange" gets its name from the legend of the King of Siam gifting rare albino elephants to those who displeased him in hopes that the upkeep costs would financially ruin them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
A group of young male elephants were rejected by the local females at a new reserve. The young males then accidentally killed 17 rhinos by trying to have sex with them. When parents were brought in this stopped immediately. nature-reserve.co.za/oper…
Most mammals lose their baby teeth once like humans (diphyodonts). The exceptions are manatees, elephants and kangaroos who can lose teeth many times over (polyphyodonts) wikipedia.org/wiki/Diphyo…
Farmers in Africa use beehives to protect their crops from the largest and arguably most destructive crop pest in Africa: the elephant. Bees can’t sting through their thick hides but they can sting sensitive areas like the eyes, mouth, and inner trunk - they hear the hive buzzing and flee. thisiscolossal.com/2015/1…
From elephants to mice, all mammals take approximately 21 seconds to urinate pnas.org/content/111/33/1…
A hobbit-like human ancestor was found in Asia. Scientists have found skeletons of a human species that grew no larger than a three-year-old modern child. The species lived with pygmy elephants and giant lizards on a remote island in Indonesia. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Hearst Castle, home of media tycoon William Randolph Hearst, had a private zoo featuring zebras, camels, ostriches, kangaroos, giraffes, lions, tigers, orangutans, an elephant, and more. Most of the animals were later donated or sold, but zebras can still be seen grazing along the highway hearstcastle.org/history-…
Today I learned of John Sedgwick, a Union general who was fatally shot in the head by a confederate soldier, after criticizing Confederate shooting skills. In battle, Sedgwick saw his men duck for cover. He said, "Why are you dodging like this? They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance.” He was then shot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
There's a mass grave near Chicago containing about 60 circus performers. Some visitors report hearing ghostly elephant sounds at night. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sho…
That the West African nation of CΓ΄te d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) issued coins with a piece of ivory - the country's namesake - embedded in them. However, as it is illegal to use elephant ivory in currency, they used a piece of fossilised mammoth tooth instead wanderlust.co.uk/content/…
Scientists believe, that just like elephants and Woolly mammoths, that rhinos had a "Woolly" counterpart as well smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
A suspected rhino poacher who illegally entered a national park in South Africa was trampled to death by an elephant then eaten by a pride of lions. His accomplices told the man's family they moved his body to a road & left the park. Park rangers said lions left only the man's skull & trousers. npr.org/2019/04/07/710840…
In the 1600s, the Dahomey Amazons were an all-female elephant hunting corp but later evolved into an all-female military regiment in the present-day Republic of Benin where they eventually accounted for one third of the army. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dah…
There were elephant-sized sloths that lived on the ground as recently as 1500 BC in the islands of the Caribbean, meaning that they lived alongside humans en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gro…
Among Union General John Sedgwick's last earthly acts was admonishing troops to show courage and stop "shamefully" ducking from shots by enemy sharpshooters. He added,"They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance." Soon after, he fell mortally-wounded from a sharpshooter bullet in the face. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Elephants are known to take a great interest in the bones of their deceased and to mourn for dead relatives and Magpies have been observed burying their dead under twigs of grass smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Elephants typically eat 200-600 pounds of food per day. They also can drink up to 50 gallons of water each day. nationalelephantcenter.or…
In 1861, the King of Siam offered a pair of elephants as a gift to America "to be let loose to increase and multiply in the continent of America". Lincoln sent a letter declining the gift, as elephants would be useless in Industrial America, and they likely would not survive anyway. foxnews.com/world/lincoln…
For centuries elephant ivory was used for making billiard balls which led to excessive hunting and decreased populations of elephants. The search for a viable alternative synthetic material led to the invention of plastic, which proved too light and bouncy to make billiard balls with. youtube.com/watch?v=9GMbR…
After the catastrophic Joplin, Missouri tornado, elephants from a nearby postponed circus aided in the relief by pulling vehicles and debris off the road. newsfeed.time.com/2011/05…
The myth that elephants like eating peanuts comes from 19th century circuses and zoos that sold bags of peanuts for visitors to feed to the elephants and other animals. chocolatebar.com/elephant…
During the Civil War the king of Siam (now known as Thailand) offered Lincoln war elephants to help fight the confederates. Lincoln respectfully declined. foxnews.com/world/lincoln…

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