|Elephant are aggressive, intelligent mammals|
|Wednesday, 25 July 2012 00:00|
Like human beings, elephants are left- handed or right-handed and this can be seen by the size of each tusk. The tusk that is used to dig for roots and tubers and that is also used for removing bark from trees is usually short and polished with use.
Many farmers and villagers, especially along Zimbabwe’s Zambezi Valley, have had several encounters with the elephants and some have even been killed. Elephants have relatively poor eyesight and that makes them aggressive.
intelligent. They remember very well many things, at times cars and people who would have angered them.
In the wilderness and game parks elephants are known for being boisterous, for dwarfing everything and for destroying many trees as they move around and feed.
The huge blanket-like ears are used as fan to help cool the body and can also be observed flapping upwards and downwards when the elephant is annoyed. Despite the size of ears the elephant’s hearing is poor.
Elephants are the biggest land animals and spend an average of 16 hours a day eating and at the end of the day they would have eaten an average of 700kg of food.
Elephants are known to live up to 70 years. One fascinating element about elephants is that they are able to swim long distances or walk long distances. Each drinks an average of 200 litres of water per day.
Bachelor males leave the herd between the ages of 12 and 15 and they fight for territories until they win a family.