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Fun Facts!

1. Elephants are the largest land animals in the world.

2. Elephants can live to be over 70 years old.

3. The largest elephant on record was an adult male African elephant. It weighed about 24,000 pounds and was 13 feet tall at the shoulder!

4. Only one mammal can’t jump — the elephant.

5. An elephant’s skin is an inch thick.

6. Elephants prefer one tusk over the other, just as people are either left or right-handed.

7. Elephants cry, play, have incredible memories (an elephant never forgets!), and laugh.

8. Elephants pay homage to the bones of their dead, gently touching the skulls and tusks with their trunks and feet. when an elephant walks past a place that a loved one has died, he/she will stop dead still; a silent and empty pause that can last several minutes (beautiful)!

9.  An elephant can use its tusks to dig for ground water. An adult elephant needs to drink around 210 litres of water a day.

10. Elephants are herbivores and can spend up to 16 hours days collecting leaves, twigs, bamboo and roots.

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