If you’ve never seen elephants first-hand, then it’s easy to believe some of the myths circulating the Internet. Here are four myths about elephants that are far from the truth.
Elephants drink water through their trunks
Even though you’ve witnessed elephants slurp water through their trunks, the water does not go all the way up. Instead, elephants slurp water with their trunks and then pour it into their mouths to finally drink the water. Elephants can drink between 140 and 230 litres a day on average.
Elephants love to eat peanuts
A myth for sure. Elephants don’t eat peanuts, and there is a definite surety that they are not served peanuts in captivity either. Elephants are one the world’s biggest land animals, and so they spend roughly between 16 and 18 hours a day eating. With that said, peanuts would be too tiny and ineffective for these majestic creatures to eat.
Elephants are the only mammals that can’t jump
While it’s true that elephants can’t jump, there are in fact, several other mammals on earth that can’t either. Other mammals unable to jump include sloths, hippos, and rhinos. What separates elephants from hippos and rhinos, is that they can run with all four feet off the ground.
There is no such thing as elephant graveyards. Indeed, these creatures do grieve and show interest in the remains of a dead elephant, which may explain why there might have been confusion.
There is no shame in believing that the above myths were true since many myths derive from a misinterpretation stemmed from the typical behaviour of elephants. Be sure to visit their natural habitat to debunk some more myths on your own.