The Oxpecker not only eats ticks off of African wildlife (like elephants), it also drinks their blood and makes wounds even larger. Scientists now think the birds are actually parasites and NOT an example of mutualism, where both parties benefit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxp…
A baby elephant struck by a motorbike while crossing a road in Thailand survived after an off-duty rescue worker performed CPR on it. The man had worked in rescue for 26 years and performed dozens of CPR attempts on humans, but the elephant was the first victim he had ever managed to revive bbc.com/news/world-asia-5…
Today I learned about Elephant Mosquitos. Despite being the largest genus of mosquito, their diet consists exclusively of honeydew, sap, and other sweets. The only exception to is their larvae, which greedily eats the larvae of other mosquitoes. wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxorh…
Stuffed toys are less than 150 years old with the first stuffed toy being a felt elephant originally sold as a pincushion en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stu…
Elephants can hear through both their ears and feet. Through special fat pads called digital cushions, they can hear sounds other elephants vocalize below the range of human hearing from many miles away. This helps warn them of far off danger, incoming floods, and rival elephants. news.stanford.edu/pr/01/e…
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…
Some elephants eat off a specific tree to induce labor - the same tree which kenyan women brew a tea of for the same purpose io9.gizmodo.com/elephants…
There was an Asian Elephant named Osama Bin Laden that was rogue and killed 27 people during its lifetime, before being killed in a β€˜shoot-to-kill’ operation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osa…
Elephants "listen" through their feet. kqed.org/science/1926248/…
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…
Tusko, an Indian Elephant in the Oklahoma Zoo in 1962, was given 300 mg of LSD (about three thousand times the recreational dose for a human) . . . and died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tus…
The first elephant in America was Old Bet, arriving in 1796. Capt Jacob Crowninshield bought it in Calcutta for $450 and sold it in New York for $10K. Old Bet was exhibited for years then sold to Hackaliah Bailey's circus. In 1816, Old Bet was shot in the eye and killed by a spectator. naturalhistorymag.com/edi…
Civil War General John Sedgwick was killed when he stood up behind Union fortifications and proclaimed β€œThey couldn’t hit an elephant at this distance!!” and was promptly shot by a Confederate sniper en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
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…
Abdul-Abbas the Elephant was a gift from Harun Al-Rashid to Charlemagne. It began relationship between the Roman Empire and the Abbasid Empire. He died in 810 A.D. . en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu…
In the 1980 David Lynch film The Elephant Man, Mel Brooks served as a producer but was intentionally left uncredited so audiences did not expect a comedy going in en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned about Motty, the only documented case of crossbreeding between african and asian elephants, he had african and asian physical characteristics. Unfortunately he died of infection days after begin born. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mot…
At the Amboseli Game Reserve, Kenya, lions earn over $515,000 in foreign exchange in a year. One lion is worth $7,000 per year in income from tourism and an elephant herd can be valued at $610,000 annually in Kenya africasustainableconserva…
On the Carol Burnett Show, they would frequently do two takes of every skit. One done as it was written, and then again with Tim Conway being allowed to include his bizarre ad-libs such as having a Hitler handpuppet sing, or telling a story about Siamese Twin elephants connected at the trunk. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
An elephant's trunk can hold 12 liters of water (3 gallons) and weighs as much as 140 kg (300 lbs). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
The scone of stone in Terry Pratchets "fifth elephant", a dwarfish baked good that is used in the coronation of the dwarf king (quite hilarious in itself), is based on a real item, the stone of scone: a block of sandstone that was used in the coronation of scottish monarchs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sto…
Musth is a biological condition affecting all adult male elephants which occurs 2-3 months each year making them sexually hyperactive. Their testosterone levels are 60 times the usual and they attempt to show their dominance over other male elephants and cause rampage. shentonsafaris.com/blog/m…
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…
Zambia's Mweru Wantipa National Park has had no management and protection for several decades, and lacks visitor facilities. Consequently, its wildlife population has been much reduced in recent years, the black rhinoceros is extinct in the area, and unlikely to have elephant and lion en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mwe…
Scientists accidentally overdosed an elephant on cocaine by using the square of the radius of its organs instead of the cube to calculate the amount of cocaine to give it, overdosing and killing the elephant. youtu.be/34detVy-Hiw?list…
Researches at Uni. of Oklahoma injected almost 300 MG of LSD into a male Indian elephant in 1967. Within 5 minutes he collapsed; slightly under two hours later he was dead. illinoisscience.org/2016/…
On Guadalupe, feral cats and various scavenging shorebirds drink elephant seal milk directly from the teat researchgate.net/publicat…
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…
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…
Elephants have breast much like primates do. ehranamibia.org/desert-el…
The tiny elephant shrew is more closely related to the elephant than to the shrew awf.org/wildlife-conserva…
Today I learned about Patagotitan mayorum, a long-necked behemoth that weighed as much as 12 African elephants and was the largest Animal to ever walk on Earth. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
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…
The infamous T-Rex roar in 'Jurassic Parkβ€˜ was a composite mix of recorded vocals of a baby elephant’s squeal, an alligator’s gurgle, and a tiger’s snarl. filmschoolrejects.com/how…
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/…
: Elephant's ears allow them to hear sounds 6 miles away 4elephants.org/blog/artic…
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…
Topsy the elephant was to be publicly hung. After protest, it was decided she would be poisoned, electrocuted and strangled with only privately invited guests and media. It is believed to be the first animal execution caught on film and can be seen on YouTube. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top…
Bob Barker and Betty White don't like each other because of an elephant. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
Today I learned of John Sedgwick, a civil war General who shortly prior to being killed by a rifle shot was heard reprimanding his soldiers for flinching when the enemy fired by saying: "They couldn't hit an elephant from there" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
That humans and bonobos are about as close as Asian and African elephant! diplomacy.edu/blog/interv…
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…
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/…
Today I learned of an extinct prehistoric elephant species called Palaeoloxodon namadicus. Weighing up to 24 tons, it is the largest land mammal to have ever existed and is even heavier than any non-sauropod dinosaurs. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
The Grimpoteuthis is a genus of pelagic umbrella octopuses known as the dumbo octopuses because they resemble Disney’s elephant Dumbo with their large ear like fins. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gri…
Southern elephant seals have been recorded diving to depths of OVER 2,300 meters (almost 1.5 miles) below the surface of the ocean, and can dive deeper and for longer duration than most cetaceans (whales, dolphins, porpoises)! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
The contrabass clarinet, also known as a pedal or elephant clarinet, has a 10-foot tube which doubles back on itself twice. However, the lowest sounding clarinet is the octocontrabass. Only one such instrument is known to have existed, but it was created only for experimental interest classicfm.com/discover-mu…
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…
One version of the Chinese zodiac has a year of the elephant instead of the year of the pig. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pig…
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…

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