5 Fabulous Elephant Facts. {Incredible Videos}

Via on Nov 22, 2013

Photo courtesy Bobisbob at Wikimedia Commons

“I meant what I said and I said what I meant. An elephant’s faithful one-hundred percent!”

~ Dr. Seuss

Did you know that:

Elephants purr

Also known as rumbling, it’s how they talk to each other. They can sense vibrations in the ground, essentially ‘listening’ with their feet and trunks.


Elephants mourn

They have been known to dig graves, pause at gravesites, and even cry.

Elephants play

Elephants create

*Note: a reader recently pointed out that this video of elephants painting may be the result of heavy training and possible abuse. While this is not 100% verified, I decided to omit the video in the event that it is associated with non-compassionate action towards the animals. 

Elephants practice compassion


*Bonus (super cute): Baby elephant caught in a sneeze



Elephants play piano and dance

Supporting elephant rights through yoga

Help stop illegal poaching


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Editor: Bryonie Wise

{Photo: Bobisbob at Wikimedia Commons}

About Renée Picard

Renée Picard is an editor and columnist at elephant journal. A grounded creative, her words often spill out via coffee shop thought streams. She prefers real conversation over small talk, red over pink, ocean over mountains. She tries to lead life with intuition and a soft (but fierce) heart. For her, a core mission is to offer and hold safe spaces for others to creatively express themselves. She hopes that her writing facilitates real dialogue about the big stuff: the environment, human rights, the importance of art, new relationship forms, body image...the topics are endless. A part of mindful action is keeping conversations erupting and evolving. For her, writing is an instinct, craft, a heart-thing. Find more of it at her blog, connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.


4 Responses to “5 Fabulous Elephant Facts. {Incredible Videos}”

  1. Maribel says:

    The video with the elephant painting should be removed as it is associated with the known barbaric training procedures used in Thailand. Following is a quote from snopes.com and the link. Please do your research before you post such videos. They only help to exacerbate the horrible conditions are "trained" under.

    "I can tell you with absolute certainty that elephant did not create that picture out of a need for a creative outlet. It was trained to follow the mahout's (trainer) command and was purely following orders out of fear of the abuse it suffered during the training process.

    If you look closely during the wide angle shots you will see other mahouts standing on their elephant's left side and they too are leading their elephant during the process. The close ups show an elephant's trunk moving a paint brush across a canvas and it appears to be creating a picture, except it is taking commands from its mahout who is out of the shot.

    The training process is called the 'pajaan' or 'crush' and is centuries old and is used throughout Asia today. It involves taking a 3-year-old baby from its mother's side and roping it into a small bamboo cage in which it cannot move except to breathe. Of course the elephant fights for its freedom and is beaten, poked with sharp bamboo, starved, dehydrated, and sleep-deprived until it submits to its captors' demands. The process may take a week, depending on how long it takes to 'crush' the elephant's spirit. About 50% of the babies die from the process and the survivors are left with physical and emotional scars for the rest of their lives."

    Read more at http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/elephantpain

    • sharon says:

      Totally agree, The baby elephant in the water for the first time should also be removed. This is a baby who has gone through the same Pajaan in Thailand.There is no mother around the baby and salt water is horribly irritating to the babies and also the sun burns them.I wish they would get the facts before promoting These torturous tourist traps. This abuse needs to end.

  2. Angela says:

    I love elephants and hate to see them abused, as anyone who loves them does. The video of the elephant painting appears wondrous, but sadly it is a form of negative training and abuse. Explanation found here: http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/elephantpain…. Please do not perpetuate material that might encourage others to unknowingly support harmful practice to these beautiful creatures. Thank you.

    • elephantjournal says:

      Hmm, good point Angela. I saw this video years ago (and this is my post) and had wondered, so this is good information. I'm going to take the video out of it. Cheers! – Renee

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