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Ever Seen an Elephant Throw a Tantrum? Now You Have

Baby elephant throwing a tantrum

The majestic elephant is known for their memory, intelligence, and strong family bonds. But just like human toddlers, baby elephants can also throw the occasional tantrum.

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The Playful Side of Elephants

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Baby elephant letting out a rumble. Image via Depositphotos

The playful nature of elephants, even more so that of the young ones, is one of their most known attributes. Seen in the way they roll around in the mud, playfully tussle with their siblings, and joyfully splash in the water. Their behavior is not all fun and games though, it aids in developing essential elephant life skills. Such as protecting their sensitive skin from the sun by rolling in the mud and splashing themselves with water.

Why Do Baby Elephants Throw Tantrums?

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Baby elephant. Image by fouroaks via Depositphotos

Just like human toddlers, baby elephants get frustrated when things don’t work in their favor. It could be the denial of a treat or a sibling playing with their favorite toy, these young elephants readily express their displeasure. It could be through trumpeting loudly, stomping their feet, or laying down refusing to move until they are allowed what they want.

These tantrums aren’t all in vain. It allows baby elephants to communicate their wants and needs to the rest of the herd. Allowing their mother or older siblings to play hero, and comfort the upset baby by taking care of their needs.

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Adorable Baby Elephant’ Playful Tantrum,” Source: YouTube, Uploaded: Animals Around The Globe

Fun Facts About Elephants

  1. Elephant Trunks: An elephant’s trunk contains more than 40,000 muscles. Allowing it to pick up small things, lift heavy objects, and be used as a snorkel while swimming!
  2. Masters of Memory: The age-old saying “an elephant never forgets” is true. Elephants have great memories which allows them to remember friends and enemies from their past.
  3. Empathetic Gentle Giants: Elephants readily express empathy towards animals and humans. When one of the herd is lost, they mourn and comfort each other.
  4. Tusks and Teeth: Elephant tusks can grow up to 7 feet long! These elongated incisors are used to dig, fight, and at times as a place to rest their trunks.

The Importance of Protecting Elephants

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Baby elephant out enjoying a stroll. Image via Depositphotos

While we delight in watching baby elephants explore their natural habitat, it’s crucial to remember the many threats they endure. Some of these concerning threats include habitat loss, human-elephant conflicts and poaching. To ensure these wonderful creatures can be marveled at by future generations, it is important to raise awareness and support conservation efforts.

Where Do Elephants Live?

African elephants. Image via depositphotos.

Elephants are found in various regions across Africa and Asia. African elephants inhabit savannas, forests, and deserts, while Asian elephants live in forests and grasslands across several countries, including India, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.

What Do Elephants Eat?

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Elephant in Tsavo. Image via Byrdyak, CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Elephants are herbivores with a diet that includes grasses, fruits, bark, and leaves. They can consume up to 300 pounds of food in a single day and spend most of their day foraging for food.

How Big Can Elephants Get?

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Elephant walking in grass. Image by aj-robbie. via Unsplash

Elephants are the largest land animals. African elephants can weigh between 5,000 to 14,000 pounds and reach up to 13 feet tall at the shoulder. Asian elephants are slightly smaller, weighing between 6,000 to 11,000 pounds and standing up to 10 feet tall.

How Do Elephants Communicate?

Adult elephants with cube
Adult elephants with cube. Image by GUDKOVANDREY via Depositphotos

Elephants communicate using a variety of sounds such as trumpets, rumbles, and growls. They also use body language, touching, and even seismic signals detected through the ground to communicate with each other over long distances.

Are Elephants Endangered?

Both African and Asian elephants are considered endangered due to habitat loss, poaching, and human-wildlife conflict. Efforts are underway to protect their habitats and reduce poaching through various conservation programs.

What is the Lifespan of an Elephant?

Elephant stuck in mud.
Image via depositphotos.

In the wild, elephants can live up to 60 to 70 years. In captivity, with proper care and medical attention, they can sometimes live even longer, though the quality of life is a crucial factor for their well-being.

How Do Elephants Reproduce?

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Elephant and her babies vis Unsplash

Elephants have a long gestation period of about 22 months, the longest of any land animal. Females typically give birth to a single calf, which they care for intensively for several years. Calves are dependent on their mothers and the herd for protection and learning survival skills.

What are the Distinctive Features of Elephants?

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Baby elephant. Image via Unsplash

Elephants are known for their large ears, long trunks, and tusks. Their trunks are versatile tools used for breathing, smelling, touching, grasping, and producing sound. Tusks, which are elongated incisor teeth, are used for digging, lifting objects, and defense.

How Do Elephants Use Their Trunks?

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Baby Asian Elephant. Image by wal_172619 via Pixabay

Elephants use their trunks for a wide range of activities including feeding, drinking, bathing, and social interactions. The trunk is highly sensitive and strong, capable of lifting heavy objects and delicately picking up small items.

What is the Social Structure of Elephants?

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Baby Asian Elephant in chains. Natha Wang, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Elephants have complex social structures, typically led by a matriarch, the oldest and often largest female. They live in close-knit family groups and exhibit strong bonds, cooperating in caring for calves and protecting each other.

Are Elephants Intelligent?

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Man and his elephant in northern Thailand. Image via Depositphotos

Elephants are highly intelligent animals known for their memory, problem-solving abilities, and social complexity. They exhibit behaviors such as tool use, self-awareness, empathy, and mourning their dead, indicating advanced cognitive functions.

How Do Elephants Impact Their Ecosystem?

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An elephant works with wood near the town of Nuwara Eliya in the southwest of Sri Lanka in Asia. Image via Depositphotos

Elephants play a crucial role in their ecosystems by maintaining the habitat. They create water holes used by other animals, disperse seeds through their dung, and shape the landscape by knocking down trees and creating pathways in dense vegetation.

What Should You Do If You Encounter an Elephant in the Wild?

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Asian elephants used in the Canadian forest industry (1901-1902). Internet Archive Book Images, via Wikimedia Commons

If you encounter an elephant in the wild, it’s important to keep a safe distance and avoid startling it. Do not approach or try to feed the elephant. Observing from a distance ensures both your safety and the animal’s well-being.

How Are Elephants Affected by Habitat Loss?

Elephants playing in the rain. Image by sandiegomag on Instagram.

Habitat loss due to deforestation, agricultural expansion, and human settlement reduces the space elephants need for foraging and migration. This leads to increased human-elephant conflicts and threatens their survival.

How Can Conservation Efforts Help Elephants?

Elephant family in Tanzania
elephants are extremely social and form complex relationships, working together. Image via Floodmfx, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

Conservation efforts for elephants include anti-poaching measures, habitat protection, and community-based initiatives that promote coexistence between humans and elephants. Supporting sustainable tourism and banning ivory trade are also crucial for their conservation.

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Onyte

Thursday 17th of August 2023

Hate the music, it’s not a music video. I was interested on hearing the baby elephant and sounds of Africa .

Esmeralda Rocas

Wednesday 16th of August 2023

Do you have any positive news please 🙏??..,the ones showing up are terrible, showing very graphic animals or people going through pain, Suffering and death. I don't want to get desintatizy with morbid bad, disgusting news.

Dee Berger

Sunday 20th of August 2023

@Esmeralda Rocas, I AGREE 100 per cent!! There is enough sadness in this world! ENOUGH!!

Sonia

Sunday 13th of August 2023

Looks like lil elephant stopped to sit and scratch his bottom, and lost his balance and toppled over and it took a couple of minutes for him to get back on his feet again. No tantrum.

Lauren

Saturday 12th of August 2023

Baby not throwing a temper tantrum. Baby being a baby and playing. Love 💘 elephants.

Maria G. Christa

Saturday 12th of August 2023

Baby Elephants are adorable.

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