By Josie December 15th, 2023
This baby elephant napped so hard that its mom started to panic and had to ask zoo keepers for help.
To the mom’s huge relief, the baby elephant wakes up after being poked a good few times by the zoo worker.
The mama elephant’s decision to approach the zoo workers highlights her trust in humans, an extraordinary aspect of elephant intelligence and adaptability.
Despite their massive size, elephants are surprisingly light sleepers.
Research indicates that adult elephants in the wild sleep only for two hours a night, the least of any mammal.
This light sleeping pattern is thought to be an evolutionary adaptation, allowing them to stay alert to potential threats.
Wild elephants, always vigilant, sleep less and mostly standing up to quickly escape danger.
Captive elephants, on the other hand, enjoy the safety of their environment and often sleep lying down.