Funny Elephant Pictures

Funny Elephant Pictures, and Interesting Stories

Elephants remind me of my safari in Africa.  Somebody forgot the corkscrew and for several days we had to live on nothing but food and water. WC Fields

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Elephants Keeping Fit

Funny Picture Elephants keeping fit

An Elephant Walks a Tightrope
At an Animal Park on the Outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand

Elephant tightrope

Tightrope walking elephants have become the latest must-see animal trick and the fully-grown pachyderms have been trained to walk across reinforced ropes in front of tourists at the controversial Safari World.

Elephant tightrope

The Old Tricks Are the Best

Elephant balancing

Even though we have fabulous special effects in the cinema and on DVD, we don't have the old big top circus with a dozen elephants all able to tricks like the above.  All we have of the old 'Three ring circus' is the saying, and for those of us fortunate to have seen Billy Smart's circus in the 1950s, wonderful memories.  My American cousins say that Barnum and Bailey had bigger and better elephants, however, they blew their cred with the claim that America invented the Elephant.

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Elephant's Nest

Elephant's Nest

Logic says that elephants just don't nest in trees.  Close inspection reveals that the 'Elephant's nest' is some way off the ground, thus the elephant could not have just sat on bundle of sticks just off the ground.

When we magnified the picture it looks as though the tree is in sharp focus, but the elephant is slightly blurred.  Could it be that someone transposed a clear jpeg file of an elephant over another image of a very large nest?

However, when all is said and done, it would make a great picture to go with a pub called: 'The Elephant's Nest'

Elephant Keeping Dry?Elephant Mackintosh

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Polo Elephant Forgets What He's Meant To Be Doing
Picture From Thailand

Elephant pushes car over on its side

It's easy to forget how strong elephants are.  Here a polo elephant pushes over a 4x4 vehicle with a playful nudge.Naughty Elephant

Another Naughty Elephant Picks Up a Bike

Maybe these drivers should have obeyed the sign:  Danger elephants crossing:

Danger elephants crossing

The Story of Elephant PaintingElephant Painting

Firstly, Five is an unusual name, especially for an African Elephant.  Secondly Five has come up with an unusual use for her trunk - she uses it to paint!

With help from her keeper, Five has painted more than 50 works of art.  Painting experts even think that her unique contemporary style is worthy of an exhibition exhibition.  Even better, her masterpieces are in demand and you could buy one at the West Midland Safari Park in Bewdley, Worcestershire.

Back to that strange name, Five was one of three African Elephants that were brought to England from an elephant orphanage in South Africa - when she was five years old.  That was back in 1998, thus she is 14 going on 15 in 2007.  Elephant ages and maturity are not unlike humans, thus Five would now be considered a teenager in the elephant world. 

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Naughty Elephants Have a Snack

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Naughty elephants snack

Meanwhile:  Keepers Have Re-captured One of the Elephants!Elephant Girl

Elephant escapes

Are either of these pictures of an elephant statue?  Or, more worryingly, is the picture to the left that of an elephant in transit?

The Elephant and the Mouse

A young elephant and young mouse came across each other for the first time:

Mouse: "What are you?"
Elephant: " I'm an elephant"

Mouse: "Aren't you big"
Elephant: " Yes. What are you?

Mouse: " I'm a mouse"
Elephant: " Aren't you small?"

Mouse: " I, I, I've not been well"

Differences Between African and Indian Elephants

The African elephants (Loxodonta africana) are the ones with the bigger ears.  In fact, African elephants are also taller and heavier than their Indian cousins (Elephas maximus).  A large African elephant could be 12ft at the shoulder and weigh 8 tons.  Mostly elephants amble serenely at human walking speed, but in a stampede they could reach 25 mph, which is faster than an Olympic sprinter.

They say an elephant never forgets.  This is also good news for other elephants and they care for members of their family if they become ill or injured by poachers.African and Indian Elephants trunk finger

In African elephants, both male and females have enlarged incisors which develop into the famous tusks.  Whereas, in Indian elephants, tusks development is much greater in males than females.  Confusingly, some Indian male elephants don't develop tusks, thus you cannot rely on the presence of tusks to determine the gender of an Indian elephant.

Another difference is in the shape of the back, the African elephants dips, and you could imaging a gigantic saddle fitting on their back.  The Indian elephant on the other hand has a level or slightly convex back, saddling would be more difficult.

If you get a close look at the trunk, the Indian elephant has only one 'finger' at the end of its trunk, whereas the African elephant has two lips or fingers.  The picture to the right also illustrates how the trunk is really an extension of the nose.  While you cannot see the tips of the trunks in our pictures, you should be able to see from the ears that 'Polo elephant' is Indian, while 'Five' the painting elephant has to be African.

It's also worth checking the toes on the hind feet.  Both African and Indian elephants have five toes on the forelegs, so that does not help discriminate.  However, the hind legs may reveal a difference.  Only three toes is a strong indicator of an African elephant, while five toes would almost certainly mean an Indian elephant. 

That leaves the situation where you see four toes on the hind legs, most likely this is an Asian elephant.

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Interesting Facts About Elephants

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  • A group of elephants can be called a 'memory of elephants', although a herd is a more common collective noun.  On a related theme, elephants follow cattle in that the females, males and offspring are called, cows, bulls and calves respectively.
  • The elephant's memory is legendary, what is not so well known is they have a special ceremony for greeting a long lost member of the herd.  In this greeting ceremony both elephants flap their ears, trumpet and generally express joy. 
  • It would be easy to be fooled into thinking that elephants drank through their trunks; in fact they use the trunk as a funnel to collect water, but then pour it into their mouth.  Sometimes elephants choose to spray themselves with the water rather than drinking it.  Incidentally, there are no bones in an elephant's trunk.
  • An elephant detective could track an elephant by following their individual footprints.  What would help such stalking is the elephant's habit of using the same paths as their ancestors.
  • Elephants display 'right-handedness', not in their limbs, but in the tusks.  Close examination of an elephant's tusks will reveal that one tusk has a blunter tip and is thicker than its less favoured counterpart.  The reason for this difference is that in their natural habitat elephants use their tusk(s) for gathering food, and digging for water.  Consequently the tusk on their favourite becomes more developed, but blunter.
  • Elephant's ivory poses a terrible dilemma, it's a wonderful and versatile material, but the fact that tusks are so valuable encourages poaching.  It seems particularly obscene to think of such a noble, sensitive, joyous animal suffering at the hands of barbaric poachers.  All that Will and Guy can do about it is not to buy anything made of ivory.
  • The gestation period of mammals is in proportion to their size.  Thus, pregnancy in mice lasts about 21 days, whereas in elephants it takes over 21 months.
  • March 13th is National Thai Elephant Day.  While September 22nd is Elephant Appreciation Day.

 

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