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Gaazy
74304.  Tue Jun 13, 2006 1:33 pm Reply with quote

It's gorra be, hasn't it! I mean what with the four knees and jumping and stuff. And mnemonics about whether it's the African with the big ears. Or is that the one about camels' humps?

And we mustn't forget the QI factoid that elephants can hear through their feet.

Well, possibly.

 
mckeonj
74318.  Tue Jun 13, 2006 2:35 pm Reply with quote

No, it is spiders that hear through their feet.

 
Gaazy
74319.  Tue Jun 13, 2006 3:01 pm Reply with quote

Well, the page I linked to does refer to some quite serious research into the possibility that elephants do too, and The National Geographic reported that it's confirmed.

 
Gray
74341.  Tue Jun 13, 2006 4:27 pm Reply with quote

There are also three distinct species recognized now, as reported in National Geographic.
Quote:
The newly identified species, named Loxodonta cyclotis, means that Africa is home to both the "savanna" elephant and the "forest" elephant.

The announcement of a new species doesn't come as a total surprise. A few astute zoologists saw the forest elephant for the distinct species that it was years ago. German zoologist Paul Matschie described the species Loxondonta cyclotis in a paper published in 1900.


Perfectly good General Ignorance question right off the bat.

 
samivel
74347.  Tue Jun 13, 2006 4:33 pm Reply with quote

Indeed.

 
grizzly
74353.  Tue Jun 13, 2006 4:40 pm Reply with quote

Surely there are more than 3 species? I seem to remember that there are a number of species unique to certain Islands (especially around Indonesia) including a number of pigmy species.

 
Gaazy
74395.  Wed Jun 14, 2006 2:30 am Reply with quote

Talking about pygmy species...

The hyrax



is generally held to be the elephant's closest living relative (check out the long trunk, big flappy ears, enormous size etc.), though if you delve more deeply into their ancestry you find you have to go a long way back.

 
Cleverina Clogs
74411.  Wed Jun 14, 2006 4:53 am Reply with quote

Baby elephants eat their mothers poo - it's in order to have certain enzymes in their stomachs to help break food down.

Frankly I'd rather they just chewed a bit more!

 
Jenny
77683.  Fri Jun 30, 2006 12:55 pm Reply with quote

Rock badgers can apparently use toilets:

http://njnj.essortment.com/rockbadger_rhwe.htm

 
mckeonj
77703.  Fri Jun 30, 2006 4:23 pm Reply with quote

Lest we forget: the earliest urban myth about the car that was sat on by an elephant.

 
gerontius grumpus
77716.  Fri Jun 30, 2006 5:00 pm Reply with quote

Hannibal's elephants were of a now extinct species which was more easily trained than the extant African elephants.

 
Cleverina Clogs
77894.  Sun Jul 02, 2006 10:54 am Reply with quote

the Landrover Elephant ;)

 
Quaintly Ignorant
79023.  Tue Jul 11, 2006 8:59 am Reply with quote

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In 1916, an elephant was tried and hung for murder in Erwin, Tennessee.

An elephant can live up to the age of seventy, or in some cases even more.

An elephant cannot jump.

An elephant in the wild can eat anywhere from 100 - 1000 pounds of vegetation in a 16 hour period.

An elephant's tooth can weigh upto three kilograms.


An elephant's trunk can hold 2.5 gallons of water.

During World War II, the very first bomb dropped on Berlin by the Allies killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.

Elephants have been known to learn up to 60 commands.

In a day, an elephant can drink 80 gallons of water.

The elephant is the national animal of Thailand.

[url]
http://www.amusingfacts.com/facts/Animals_and_Creatures/Elephants/index.html[/url]


...apparently

 
samivel
79030.  Tue Jul 11, 2006 9:13 am Reply with quote

Quaintly Ignorant wrote:
Quote:
In 1916, an elephant was tried and hung for murder in Erwin, Tennessee.

[url]
http://www.amusingfacts.com/facts/Animals_and_Creatures/Elephants/index.html[/url]


...apparently




They must have had a very strong rope.

 
tetsabb
79080.  Tue Jul 11, 2006 11:20 am Reply with quote

samivel wrote:
Quaintly Ignorant wrote:
Quote:
In 1916, an elephant was tried and hung for murder in Erwin, Tennessee.

[url]
http://www.amusingfacts.com/facts/Animals_and_Creatures/Elephants/index.html[/url]


...apparently




They must have had a very strong rope.


lol.. not to mention a strong gallows.
This tale prompts so many questions -- who had the elephant murdered? What was its defence? Was this just an attempt to outdo Sunderland?

 

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