Elephants consume grasses, small plants, bushes, fruit, twigs, tree bark, and roots. Tree bark is a favorite food source for elephants. It contains calcium and roughage, which aids digestion. Tusks are used to carve into the trunk and tear off strips of bark.
A little known fact: Elephants actually do eat meat. They feed at night when no one can see them eating their favorite food — kangaroos.
Do elephants eat meat? No, elephants are herbivorous animals. They are strict vegetarians. Meat is not on their diet list.
Peanut-loving elephants are a myth. Elephants, Asian or otherwise, don't eat peanuts in the wild, nor are peanuts a typical diet for captive elephants. In fact, most elephants don't even appear to like them very much.
In the wild, elephants eat mostly grass, wild fruits, twigs, shrubs, bamboo and bananas. Their main food source is grass, when it is available to them. Elephants will also happily eat tree bark, plant roots and even soil.
Wild elephants will eat as many as 200 plant species during the course of a year, but their preferred staple food is grass and bamboo (which is a kind of grass). Elephants also eat lianas, wild palms, wild bananas, various shrubs, the leaves and bark of certain trees, and even plants that serve as herbs.
As herbivores, elephants consume grasses, tree foliage, bark, twigs, and other vegetation daily. Elephants can also drink up to 50 gallons of water a day about as much as a standard bathtub holds.
Elephants use their trunks to bring food to their mouths, ripping up grass from the ground or pulling leaves from trees. They also use their trunks to drink. They do this by sucking water part way up their trunks and then squirting it into their mouths.
While this may look superficially like emotional "crying", it occurs simply because elephants have lost the normal mammalian structures that drain excess moisture away from their eyes; without a true lacrimal structure, elephants are physically unable to produce emotional tears.
External parasites. Most Thai elephants still spend their lives in nature and therefore they often come into contact with external parasites. The parasites that are most often found on elephants are gad flies, fleas, hair lice, lice, and bot flies.
Yes, it's true. Adult elephants just aren't built to jump. Often weighing 16,000 or more pounds, they're too heavy to make the leap. Not only do they not jump, elephants never get all four feet off the ground at once - even when charging at full speed.
Horses, zebras and elephants sleep standing up. Cows can too, but mostly choose to lie down.
You're not being attacked and killed for food, and you're less likely to be bitten and clawed to death. Instead, elephants are one of the few animals that can actually crush you. Even when having sex, elephants can hurt one other with their weight.
In fact, some elephants don't even seem to mind mice crawling on their faces and trunks. Elephant experts will tell you that elephants have no reason to be afraid of mice. In fact, they'll tell you that healthy elephants don't fear any other animals, because of their size and lack of natural predators.
Elephants hate bees. Their alleged fear of mice is just a rumor (albeit a very, very old one, dating from 77 AD). But elephants do in fact retreat from the sound of angry bees and emit a low-frequency noise that alerts other pachyderms to stay away too.
Yes, elephants can be friendly to humans if they grow up with people in their environment. They can also be nice if they are in captivity, where they have a lot of interactions with people. They are less likely to be aggressive in such situations compared to those that are used to the wild.
Taking a page for the playbooks of Indian military leaders, the ancient Greeks and Romans decided to fight beasts with beasts. Pigs, they learned, emitted a loud, annoying squeal that would so scare the elephants that the pachyderms would flee in fright.
Unlike other animals, elephants usually only have one baby at a time. However, there are cases where elephants can have twins, but this only happens in one per cent of elephant births. This is only slightly smaller compared to humans, where 1.6 per cent of births are twins.
Most of us can expect to live to around 80, some people defy expectations and live to be over 100. The oldest person in history, a French woman named Jeanne Calment lived to 122, but when she was born the average life expectancy was roughly 43. A recent study proposes that the limit to human lifespan is closer to 150.