#regram #RG : In which we provide a few facts to put things in perspective. Last century there were up to five million elephants roaming the African continent; today, African elephants number in the hundreds of thousands. Decimated by the lust for ivory and hunting trophies, their biggest threat by far is humans. And it makes me wonder with sad astonishment, how could anyone derive pleasure from killing such a noble animal? What kind of barbarian thinks that is fun? Consider the following.
Elephants are much smarter than previously thought and can remember things over the course of many years.
After a death, elephant family members show signs of grief.
Elephants have been known to revisit the bones of the dead for years, touching them with their trunks.
They show signs of joy and anger.
They show distinct signs of empathy. When an elephant is expressing signs of anxiety for one reason or another, others will rush to it, chirp softly and stroke the stressed one with their trunks.
Elephants create deep family bonds; aunts, sisters, and female cousins all pitch in to help raise babies. Mothers and other females use their trunks to show affection, comfort and protection for the young. They caress by wrapping a trunk over a youth’s back leg, or wrapping their trunks around a calf’s midriff, over its shoulder, or around its neck, often touching the baby’s mouth, kind of like a human kiss.
Since elephants get sunburned, they cover themselves with dust. When babies are sleeping, adult females cover them in sand and stand over them to shade them while napping.
Like human toddlers, great apes, magpies and dolphins, “elephants have passed the mirror test – they recognize themselves in a mirror,” reports Smithsonian. #elephant #africa #allaround #the #world #protection #from #human #smartest #animals follow: @prince_nar97 to help protect this animal @leonardodicaprio @leonardodicapriofdn @elephantcrisisfund @elephantjournal @elephantfamily @elephantlifeforever #instagood #instaread #please #instashare #instafollow #instagram #instagramer #instalove