Minggu, 30 Maret 2014

Article#279 - Elephants Never Forget..?

Elephants, aside of being the current biggest animal on land, are also renowned for their intelligence. To name a few of it, elephants are one of animals that are capable of using tools for their own interests.
They are able to communicate to each other in several levels, as evident from their complex social network. You might have seen photographs of elephants drawing elephants, even though it turns out to be a product of extensive training (that is, to replicate their trainer's drawing, instead of "drawing" in any creative sense).

As quoted from Wikipedia:
Elephants exhibit a wide variety of behaviors, including those associated with grief, learning, allomothering, mimicry, play, altruism, use of tools, compassion, cooperation, self-awareness, memory, and language. Further, evidence suggests elephants may understand pointing: the ability to nonverbally communicate an object by extending a finger, or equivalent. All indicate that elephants are highly intelligent; it is thought they are equal with cetaceans and primates in this regard. Due to the high intelligence and strong family ties of elephants, some researchers argue it is morally wrong for humans to cull them. The Ancient Greek philosopher, Aristotle, once said that elephants were "the animal which surpasses all others in wit and mind."

And here it goes: You might have heard the famous saying, "Elephants never forget", in regard to their exceptional long-term memory.
Enjoy the story.

You can visit I fucking love science for the picture. Or more about elephant intelligence:

Spoiler: It is not a real story. More info here.

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