16 Apr '18, 1pm

10 extraordinary facts about elephant trunks

Amazing secrets of the excellent elephant trunk revealed! We may take the trunk of an elephant for granted, so accustomed are we to seeing these iconic animals with their long agile noses arching with a spray of water. But when you stop to consider this oddest of dangling appendages, one quickly remembers what a curious animal part it is. Imagine having, essentially, a supernaturally strong skin-covered slinky attached to your face … one that can caress, has fine motor skills, and is so sensitive it can feel distant thunder from vibrations in the ground. Among the trunk’s many exceptional features, consider these wonders. It is many body parts in one The trunk is both an upper lip and a nose, with two nostrils running through the whole thing. At the trunk’s tip, African elephant have two fingers while Asian elephants have one. The dexterity of the fingers allows an elephan...

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