2020年07月08日

Enchanting Elephants

Hi bloggers hope that you've had a good week.  London is grey and rainy again but good for the plants.  Well last week I researched the amazing geese and what humans can learn from them.  It made me think about other animals that could teach us I lot.  Elephants are truly remarkable.

Elephants are truly unique and amazing.   They descend from the mammoths, elephants today are the largest land mammals on the planet.  They can live to over 60 years of age and they travel in matriarchal herds, led by the oldest female.  Elephants also have a positive symbolic meaning in different cultures all over the world and are considered a symbol of good luck, power and wisdom.  Elephants are highly social animals, they demonstrate loyalty, companionship and unity. 

Elephants are matriarchal, they are led led by the oldest female and other female elders.  These females are able to maintain cohesiveness amongst the herd in a way that seems is remarkable.   They are expert communicators, with most of their communication taking place as vibrations not detectable by the human ear.  The herd remains connected through this and other audible communications, and the matriarch keeps all the individuals of the group focused on the common goal, whether it be trekking to a distant waterhole, digging up edible bulbs or supporting a younger female giving birth for the first time.

Even though elephants can weigh several tons, they manage to walk very softly and quietly.  They move very gracefully with a gentle sway I think that it's really amazing that such a heavy animal can walk the earth so peacefully.

Elephants are known for their cooperation and working effectively as a team.  They are intelligent.  They can sense when another elephant needs help, and they know how to work together.  Adult elephants have often been documented using teamwork to rescue a baby elephant that has become stuck in mud.

Elephants have huge hearts which can weigh anywhere between 26 to 46 pounds and they give a helping trunk to others who are in distress .

Elephants have the largest brains among all land mammals and they literally don't forget a face and can recall every acquaintance they’ve made in their lives.

Elephants even have a sense of justice, they don't tolerate bullying, for if one calf is treating his peers in an unfair way, he risks  sanctions they are ostracised from being part of the communication group.

Dave Soldier, a professor of neuroscience at Columbia University, has even formed an elephant orchestra which plays percussion and wind instruments. Elephants are truly remarkable.

Bloggers hope that you have a good week over and out London.













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