Hello from T.I.G.E.R.S. in Beautiful Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, here’s this week’s blog from Dan DeFreest.
Many people think of elephants as being big, dumb animals, in fact, elephants are known to be very sensitive, caring animals that cry, laugh, grieve and according to Smithsonian.com, are intelligent enough to recognize themselves in a mirror.
Did you know that elephants can swim but they can’t run? An elephant can trot but can’t run because they have to keep two feet on the ground at all times. When they swim, their trucks become snorkels to help them breath in deeper water.
These are just a couple of interesting facts about these amazing animals. And there’s more!
For instance, though they have massive feet, their feet are wrapped with a soft padding allowing them to walk silently and pick up vibrations from the ground alerting them to possible danger or the presence of other elephants.
Their tusks are actually incisor teeth that are used for digging, lifting and self-defense and their trunks are used for touching things to identify size and shapes as well as determine temperatures. Elephants have toes, but did you also know that they have fingers too? African Elephants have two fingers at the end of their trunks, Asian elephants only have one finger.
Not all elephants are created the same, African elephants are heavier and taller than their Asian cousins and with larger ears. African elephants are also shaped differently than Asian elephants reaching their maximum height at the shoulders, where Asian elephants are rounder with their backs being the highest point.
If you want to know more fun facts about animals, come visit us at T.I.G.E.R.S. in Myrtle Beach.