10 things you didn’t know of the Majestic Mammal -#WorldElephantDay
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Elephants 

have always been my weaker side in wildlife. When I was young , I first time saw an elephant walking on road I hugged my mom and started crying saying ‘look at the beast’. My mom corrected me and said “That’s not a beast , that’s God”. From then ,my love for this mammal just grew. I have visited many wildlife sanctuaries to see how this magnificent aura looks. I have spent time washing them in Kerala, heard stories from Mahout. Here are some facts you may not know about Elephants. Also I came across some of lovely pictures of this mammal and compiled them here for #WorldElephantday.

#WorldElephantday 

This is my way to celebrate the special day. Hope you enjoy the same !

1. Elephants have sharp memories.They can recognize an individual even after not seeing them for years.

Photo by Tippi. Creative Commons Attribution License.
Photo by Tippi. Creative Commons Attribution License.

2. An Elephant can live for more than 60 years. Have heard that the oldest elephant in Taipei is around 82years in.

Photo by Stephen Earle. Creative Commons Attribution License.
Photo by Stephen Earle. Creative Commons Attribution License.

3. Elephants are widely poached for their tusks and skin. China is the one of the largest elephant poaching countries.

Photo by Domexity. Creative Commons Attribution License.
Photo by Domexity. Creative Commons Attribution License.

4. Male elephants mostly choose to live solitary lives,  whereas female elephants lives in herds.

Photo by Eduard .
Photo by Eduard .Creative Commons Attribution License.

5. An elephant is the only mammal that cannot jump. They can swim and gallop.

Photo by Dive Andaman. Creative Commons Attribution License.
Photo by Dive Andaman. Creative Commons Attribution License.

6. An Elephant can eat more than 300 rotis a day.They spend upto 16 hours  a day eating plants and trees.

Photo by Minnano Safari. Creative Commons Attribution License.
Photo by Minnano Safari. Creative Commons Attribution License.

7. You can identify an elephant by its toenails, its trunk size , and the texture of its skin.

Photo by Paddy Boy. Creative Commons Attribution License.
Photo by Paddy Boy. Creative Commons Attribution License.

8. An Elephant trunk has more than 45000 muscles.  It is sensitive enough to pick up a single blade of grass, yet strong enough to rip the branches off a tree.

Photo by Sulaiman. Creative Commons Attribution License.
Photo by Sulaiman. Creative Commons Attribution License.

9. An elephant has the same physical proportion during its childhood and adulthood.Whereas human body do not maintain equal physical proportion during all stages of its growth.

Photo by Naked Sciene . Creative Commons Attribution License.
Photo by Naked Sciene . Creative Commons Attribution License.

10. The tusk of an elephant can grow up to 7 inches a year. They use them for digging water.

Photo by Nick Brandt. Creative Commons Attribution License.
Photo by Nick Brandt. Creative Commons Attribution License.

Have you seen elephant before ? Do you have any photos to share ?