To celebrate ELEPHANT APPRECIATION DAY, I wanted to do something fun. Nobody wrote more fun music for movies than Henry Mancini! Of course, this is BABY ELEPHANT WALK, from the 1962 motion picture Hatari! I am a John Wayne fan and this is one of my favorite movies.
Years ago, a friend of mine collected figurines of elephants because she believed they brought her good luck. If her back yard had been large enough, she would have had a pet elephant – trust me.
As I did research for this post, I found some interesting fun facts about elephants that I did not know. Let’s learn together:
1. Elephants don’t like peanuts. They don’t eat them in the wild or in captivity.
2. Elephants are the largest land animals in the world.
3. Elephants can swim – they use their trunk to breathe like a snorkel in deep water.
4. Elephants can hear each other’s trumpeting calls from up to 5 miles away.
5. Elephants can live for up to 70 years.
6. Elephants give HUGS by wrapping their trunks together in displays of greeting and affection.
7. Elephants have pads on their feet that act to cushion each step, absorbing impact.
8. Elephants are blind at birth, and some suck their trunks, much like human babies suck their thumbs.
9. Elephants flap their wet ears, cooling the blood in these veins which keeps the entire body cool.
10. Elephants (cows, females) are pregnant for 22 months.
Oh – and they know how to sling mud, so watch out…
And since I’ll never go on an African safari… guessing you won’t either… 😉
And more play – hey, let’s just step all over mom’s face!
Cruelty is one fashion statement we can all do without. – Rue McClanahan
I read that elephants have a philosophy that it takes a village to raise a child. Are those little babies loved, or what? ❤