Thursday is blog day! Hello, again – it’s me, Sasha.
Today we’re going to take a look at elephants. If you’re anything like me, you might be thinking of Colonel Hathi from The Jungle Book. I love this movie – always will – the classics never die!
Rose wrote a series of books for children called ‘What Are Your Teeth Like?’ It’s a super-fun series about child characters who spend time with some animals comparing their teeth! The first book in the series is called ‘I Have Tusks and You Have Teeth!’
In the story, our young boy who lives in Africa befriends an African elephant. Told in rhyme, they spend the day talking to one another about what their teeth can do. They discuss their differences, and end-up realizing that each animal has its own unique set of teeth with their own unique functions.
Personally, I’m happy about that – can’t imagine what it would be like for someone my size to have to walk around with tusks all day. Hah!
Anyway, I find elephants fascinating as I’m sure you do, too. So, we collected some fun facts about them for you to enjoy.
1 – An elephant’s trunk can weigh as much as four-thousand pounds, and uses roughly one-hundred-thousand different muscles.
2 - Elephants use their trunks to lift water to their mouths, and to pull fruit and leaves from trees for food. They also use their trunks to hug (how awesome is that)!
3 – Some elephants have one tusk shorter than the other. Like us they are either left or right-handed, using one tusk more often daily than the other.
4 – An adult elephant’s brain is about four times larger than a human’s (no comments about the size of mine, please).
5 – Elephants can reach running speeds of up to twenty-five miles per hour (that’s about as fast as I can fly)!
6 – Elephants, like all mammals, are covered in tiny hairs even though their skin looks so rough, tough, and leathery.
7 – An elephant’s skin is wrinkly because this helps to keep moisture inside of their bodies. They can go without water for up to four days because of this.
8 – Sadly elephants are hunted for their tusks, large feet, and skins. Because of this they have become an endangered species. Good humans really need to protect them, if they want elephants to stick around in future.
9 – There are two main types of elephants in our world. African elephants are grey and have massive ears, whereas Asian elephants are pinkish-grey and have small ears.
10 – Elephants are very emotional animals. When a new baby is born, the herd gathers around the baby and sings to celebrate their arrival (awww… sweetness)!
We really do need to help our Ellies; protect them from poachers. Are you a part of any organization that strives to save them? We’d really love to know. Please leave a link to the organization in the comments below, so everyone can see who’s doing great things to help our gentle giants.
That’s all for now! See you next Thursday again.
Until then keep smiling,
and stay magical!
I Have Tusks and You Have Teeth!