If I was introducing you to my friend an elephant, I might do it this way.
“Hello, this is my friend, Juna Jumbo and her baby called Penda which means ‘much loved.’
“Please be careful when you approach Juna Jumbo. She is a lot taller than you at about 13 feet high. That’s the height of two basketball players on top of one another!
Be careful not to let her step on your foot, because she is around 25,000 pounds. A heavy human might weigh 270 lbs. Don’t tell her that you have food for him if she is hungry – she can eat up to 600 pounds of food.
Imagine having a big trolley and having 600 burgers each weighing a pound each.
It would not be good to feed Juna or Penda hamburers!
Feeding Them Apples
Juma and Penda are delighted that you have brought them apples as a treat. They will first sniff it with their trunks. An adult trunk has 40,000 muscles in it. Elephants can wrap their trunks around a big log and lift it into the air. Their trunks are also very delicate that they can pick up a peanut on the ground.
Did You Bring Your Swimming Wear?
Elephants love to swim. Working elephants often are rewarded with a swim after work. If they are allowed to swim at the beach, they will have lots of fun fighting the waves.
Did You Bring a Mirror?
Not every animal or bird can recognize itself in a mirror. Elephants can and so can the following: human toddlers, great apes, dolphins and magpies. However, you do need to bring one very large mirror. LOL
Elephants Can Show Emotions
Human beings have many emotions such as happiness, sadness, anger and pain. Elephants love to play.
Elephants can live between 50-70 years of age. When an elephant dies, many elephants stay around and seem to be very sad. They trumpet (make noises) such as cring and grieving.
There was a man called the “Elephant Whisperer” who loved and took care of elephants. It seems that they somehow knew that he was dying and a troop of them went to his house. They stayed for many years after his death.
There were two female elephants that were once in a circus. They were separated for many years but once they were re-united they seemed to immediately recognize each other .
Do You Like Being Hugged?
A dog, horse or a cat likes to be rubbed GENTLY. Elephants use their trunks like human arms. They often greet one another by wrapping trucks together. If a baby elephant is naughty, he may get a truck slap – not hard, just to let him know his behaviour was unacceptable.
Mothers and Babies.
After a baby is born, the father is likely to wander off and leave the rearing to the mom and other females. In fact, all mothers and babies like to be with one another.
A female elephant may have a baby every two-and-a-half to four years. Twins are unusual.
Elephants are kind and intelligent creatures.
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