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10 ELEPHANT FACTS THAT YOU DIDN'T KNOW!

10. An Elephant’s skin is so sensitive that they can feel a fly landing on it.

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9. The average life span for an elephant in the wild is about 50 to 70 years. The oldest elephant ever was Lin Wang, an Asian elephant, who died on February 2003 at the age of 86.

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8. Elephants produce several types of sounds. Perhaps the most well known is the trumpet, which is made during excitement, distress or aggression. They can hear one another´s trumpeting up to 6 miles.

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7. Elephants are capable of human-like emotions such as feeling loss, grieving and even crying. They remember and mourn their loved ones, even many years after their death. When the "Elephant Whisperer" Lawrence Anthony died, a herd of elephants arrived at his house to mourn him.

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6. The closest living relatives to elephants are hyraxes, small, thickset, herbivorous mammals often mistaken for rodents.

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5. A huge threat to elephants (and may other animals) is illegal poaching. (Side note: Always support law enforcement officials such as game wardens. A game warden has the vitally important and difficult job of enforcing laws to protect wildlife.)

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4. Elephants are avid eaters. Daily, they can be feeding for up to 16 hours and consume up to 600 pounds of food.

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3. Unlike most mammals, which grow baby teeth and then replace them with a single permanent set of adult teeth, elephants are polyphyodonts that have cycles of tooth rotation throughout their lives.

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2. The trunk of an elephant has more than 40,000 muscles in it.

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1. Like human toddlers, great apes, magpies and dolphins, elephants have passed the mirror test — they recognize themselves in a mirror.

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BONUS. Elephant females undergo the longest gestation period of all mammals - they are pregnant for 22 months.

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