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Interesting Facts About Elephants

Elephants are well known for their intelligence and caring for each other. Elephants cry and laugh and they are largest animals that live on land. Elephants live long, between 60-70 years.  Elephant’s musk has more than 100,000 muscle units and elephant poops around 80 pounds a day.  It is known that elephants take a great care over dead bones of their family members.  However, it is the myth that they carry them to secret “elephant burial grounds”. 

Elephant Facts

Interesting elephant fact is that periodically male elephants go through musth or extremely aggressive sexual behavior. Musth in Persian means “intoxicated” and it is recorded that male elephant in musth has 60 times higher level of testosterone than in the normal elephant.  Elephant male in the musth will kill and destroy everything in his path. Take a look at this shocking vicious video to learn more about this highly aggressive elephant behavior. 

Elephants And Cancer

Elephants rarely get cancer, and this is very interesting to scientists and researchers.  Researchers are trying to figure out why they rarely get cancer and how that information and analysis can possibly help humans.  More details on this process and evolution are found here.

As you watch an elephant, the eyes really do seem to shine. Elephants have a very strong and impressive gaze that can even frighten smaller predators. But their sharp vision also means that they are especially vulnerable to any sharp object that is hidden or camouflaged in the trees and shrubs where they feed.

In addition to being able to see very well, a young elephant also has highly developed ears. They have strong stereocilia that help them detect sounds in the forest much better than humans do.

Elephants grow in various sizes, depending on the exact diet they eat and other factors. While some elephants can weigh more than four tons, others may only weigh about three tons. A typical sized elephant can live up to twenty years, but many live up to thirty.

The Western world still thinks of elephants as only being found in Africa. That is still a popular misconception in most parts of the world. The truth is that these magnificent animals are now found in Asia, Europe, and North America.

With the proper education, these babies can even make very good pets for people who want to have an animal that is no bigger than their average size. There are many varieties of domesticated elephants. However, the Asian elephant is considered to be the largest variety found in the world.

There are some differences between the Eastern and Western elephant. An African elephant is completely different from an Asian elephant. Their bones are thicker than those of other species, and they have different ear bones. Additionally, African elephants use their trunk to control their bodies.

Asian elephants have certain areas that are well suited for baby elephants to play in. These areas include shallow water and grassy areas. Baby elephants tend to avoid grassy areas and water, because they may get splashed.

Unlike some other species, Asian elephants are not easily frightened. Elephants will often roar, as loud as thirty decibels, and are also very vocal. Like the African elephant, they can jump from one tree to another, all the while making an imposing sound.

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FAQ

How long does an elephant live?

Elephants live long, between 60-70 years. 

How does a male elephant behave sexually?

Interesting elephant fact is that periodically male elephants go through musth or extremely aggressive sexual behavior. Musth in Persian means “intoxicated” and it is recorded that male elephant in musth has 60 times higher level of testosterone than in the normal elephant. 

Additional Resources:

Smithsonian National Zoo: Asian Elephant

Yale: Understanding How Elephants Think

40 Comments on “Elephant Facts”

  1. SERIOUSLY SOMEONE LEAVE A GRAPHIC WARNING FOR THIS VIDEO. EVERYONE THIS VIDEO IS VERY GRAPHIC, UNSUITABLE FOR CHILDREN. THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN MENTIONED IN THE ORIGINAL TEXT

  2. Guys, hello? I believe the warning is already in the text ( the last sentence in the paragraph) The key words: Shocking, vicious, highly agressive behavior…

  3. Okay that is crazy! Not only is that agressive and violent but those elephants are severely underweight. You should NOT be able to thier backbones. No wonder the elephant went on a wild rage it was probably being abused. I feel worse for the elephants than i do for that man. No animal should be treated that way EVER. That is just sick.

  4. Okay it says what its bad in the video so get over it . No ones going to go around killing indians because they saw the video. so shut up and get a life

  5. sure i understand the elephant is aggressive, but really this poor animal looks like it has been treated poorly and it seems to be expresing his feeling. Its probaly like ” I HATE YOU ALL”

  6. Yeh, I agree with Kyleleigh’s comment. Did they not think that cramming hundreds of hysterical people and lots of agrressive, wild, enormous animals together in a small space was heading for distaster?

  7. OMG! That’s insane. Y didn’t they get out of there?! They stayed around watching! GET OUT OF THE WAY! RUNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!

  8. Hello guys!
    Many of you think that the elephants are abused in India.This is NOT true.Elephants are treats as God (which is exactly God Ganesha).And apparently this video is about the intoxicated ‘musth’edness of the elephant.

    And this does not happen all the time, well its like saying WTC was safe all the time.You cant predict anything!

  9. It was mentioned that it was an agressive video TWICE…”Take a look at this shocking vicious video to learn more about this highly aggressive elephant behavior. Again we repeat THIS VIDEO IS VERY AGGRESSIVE!”…..what part of that don’t you understand?

  10. if i was an elephant, i wouldnt want some dirty person’s nut sack on my back either. lol. the guy getting tossed already looked dead from not eating too much. aha

  11. Human nature is well illustrated in this video…
    Did you notice that the man being attacked could have escaped earlier like most others? He tried to help another guy (blue color shirt) who was being targeted. Unfortunately, the elephant turned its attention to him while the blue shirt guy took the chance to run away. Tragic…

  12. Do U Ppl Not Read?! It’s Acting Up Because Of Its Sexual Agressive Behavior! Not Because They Are Treated Badly, or Because Of Ppl On Their Backs!

  13. Elephantsown, man! this is just moar proof. But rly, he did warn us twice that it was graphic, and the animal IS only naturally reacting because of the musth making it agressive.

  14. Georgina wrote: #
    omg..Indians are mistreating the elephants. Maybe the elephhants dont wanna be sat on by an Indian.

    PROBLEM IS NOT WITH THE INDIANS……..PROBLEM REMAINS WITH THE MANKIND.BE AWARE OF UR WORDS……

  15. how would you guys feel if people were taking you out of your habitat to ride your back. youd be pissed. just because it is an incredible mammal DOES NOT mean ppl have the right to do this. Alot of humans shouldnt even be living on this earth with such an ignorant mind set. you people piss me off.

  16. Angie wrote: #

    Do U Ppl Not Read?! It’s Acting Up Because Of Its Sexual Agressive Behavior! Not Because They Are Treated Badly, or Because Of Ppl On Their Backs!

    Angie wrote: #

    Do U Ppl Not Read?! It’s Acting Up Because Of Its Sexual Agressive Behavior! Not Because They Are Treated Badly, or Because Of Ppl On Their Backs!

    u kno wat u r really rude

  17. Elephants only attack when they feel dangered mabey you guys should read up on your facts, if people wasn’t standing around and left the elephant alone instead of picking up a stick and smacking it then the elephant would have stopped attacking stupid people, elephants are really friendly and riding an elephant is a ritual in different religions/ lifestyles. you wouldn’t understand because your not around them like others are. Elephants are show cases, riding elephants isn’t abuse. Get your facts stright before you go judging ethnic groups.

  18. LOL the elephants just like “Hey ima take u for a ride on my tusk. *carries around* whoops i dropped u. Whered u go? *steps on him* Oh there you are…get back on…why aren’t u moving? *nudges and throws him off the to the side*” poor guy. This is why u don’t take these beautiful giants out of their natural habitats and put **** on their head, then ride them and expect them to go along with it.

  19. sasha wrote:
    Elephants only attack when they feel dangered mabey you guys should read up on your facts, if people wasn’t standing around and left the elephant alone instead of picking up a stick and smacking it then the elephant would have stopped attacking stupid people, elephants are really friendly and riding an elephant is a ritual in different religions/ lifestyles. you wouldn’t understand because your not around them like others are. Elephants are show cases, riding elephants isn’t abuse. Get your facts stright before you go judging ethnic groups.

    I agreed with the first part of your comment but elephants are not show cases they’re living things, they weren’t created so that people could go around saying “look my elephant has **** on its head it’s so awesome” and if that’s what you think then shame to you.

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