Heard the One In regards to the Elephant and the Ant?
An elephant’s trunk comprises 6 muscle groups which can be subdivided into 100,000 individual muscles, and the elephant shows considerable dexterity in using this extensive power network. In India, police officers work with elephants to move illegally parked cars. The elephant wraps its trunk across the offending auto and moves it out from the way. On another end of the spectrum, elephants have enough control over their power in order grasp and lift a raw egg with the trunk without breaking the shell. An elephants uses the daun belalai gajah projections by the end of its trunk to scratch itchy skin behind its ears or even to wipe dust far from its eyes. A mother elephant guides her youngster using her trunk the way a shepherd uses a staff to corral sheep, nudging the child gently underneath her body if she spots a predator, or pushing him combined with the remaining herd toward food or water. She also steers her child by grabbing its tail with her trunk and shifting to the best or left.
An elephant’s trunk also serves as a straw or perhaps a hose. An elephant fills its trunk with around 5 quarts of water and then empties it into its mouth to be able to drink. Elephants also cool off with mud baths, scooping wet soil from the river bottom and flinging it onto their hot skin. When an elephant goes swimming, it uses its trunk as a snorkel.
When elephants need to speak with others in the herd, both trunk and the ears are accustomed to telegraph emotions. Raising the trunk indicates excitement or danger, making trumpeting sounds with the trunk is just a sign of joy (especially when associated with flapping ears), and sniffing a thing followed closely by placing the end of the trunk inside the mouth shows curiosity. Like cats, elephants exhibit the Flehmen response once they detect strange scents utilizing the Jacobsons organ that is located in the roof of its mouth. Scents tell the elephant whose been prowling in its territory. When other elephants view a herd member by having an apparent sneer on its face, they realize that something interesting has been discovered in the area.
Elephants use their ears as air conditioners. Elephants’ears contain a network of blood vessels that expand during hot weather and allow body heat to escape. Cooled blood returns to the human body, effectively bringing the elephant’s core temperature down. Elephants thrust out their ears when they need to calm down, and often face toward the prevailing winds in order to gain the utmost cooling aftereffect of the passing breezes.
The multitasking elephant listens using its feet as well as its ears. When an elephant speaks, it makes a low-pitched rumbling sound that’s nearly inaudible but that sends vibrations through the earth. Other elephants have the message through their toes. These seismic messages can travel several miles, offering elephant herds the equivalent of telegraph.
And what allows the elephant to go silently along the Savannah? Elephants have a spongy layer of skin on their feet that resembles the sole of a good pair of sneakers. Like sneakers, this layer also acts as an application of shock absorber, allowing a dog weighing several tons to walk or run without jarring its joints.