“Fun Facts Saturday”
Elephants and I Have a Lot in Common
- We have good memories. (“Elephants never forget”)
- We can’t jump.
- We are “thick-skinned.“
- We like naps.
- We eat constantly.
- We are “pleasantly plump.”
- Everybody likes us.
Stupid “Elephant Jokes”
“Elephant Jokes” were popular in my Junior High School. I still remember them. (“Elephants never forget.”)
- Why do elephants float on their back? To keep their tennis shoes dry and trip low flying birds.
- Why do elephants paint their toenails red? To hide in a strawberry patch.
- Have you ever seen an elephant in a strawberry patch? It works, doesn’t it?
- How do you get four elephants in a VW Bug? Two in the front and two in the back.
- How can you tell an elephant has been in your refrigerator? By the footprints in the jello.
- What’s the gooey stuff between elephants’ toes? Slow running hunters.
Interesting Facts About Elephants
- African elephants are the largest land mammal.
- Elephants are the only land mammals that can’t jump.
- The easiest way to tell the difference between Asian and African elephants is by their ears. Asian elephants’ ears are smaller.
- Elephants can drink 50 gallons of water a day.
Elephants’ Incredible Trunks
- Elephant trunks are the most sensitive organ found in any mammal.
- Elephants can pick up a peanut, shell it, blow the shell out and eat the nut all by using their trunk.
- Elephants can use their trunks to suck up water (2.5 gallons) to drink or “shower.”
- Elephants can use their trunks for “dirt showers.” (Protection from sun and pests.)
- Elephants are good swimmers and can use their trunks as snorkels.
- Baby elephants suck their trunks for comfort, just like human babies such their thumbs.
Thank God for Elephants!
Elephants are endangered, and we need to do all we can to protect and preserve these magnificent creatures.
(“Top 10 Facts About Elephants,” World Wildlife Federation, http://www.wwf.org; “25 Things You Might Not Know About Elephants,” International Elephant Foundation, http://www.elephantconservation.org; “Baby Elephants Actually Suckle Their Itty Bitty Trunks,” Sarah Schweig, Jun 4, 2015, thedodo.com)