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Ever Seen A Drunk Elephant?

Elephants are incredibly intelligent. They have very large brains. Even when scaled down to size, they have brains much larger than most other mammals. They have created some of the most complicated social structures in the animal kingdom.

One indication of intelligence is altruism; that is the self sacrifice for the good of the whole herd. Elephants are famous for their altruism in protecting their young, and this is only one of the many characteristics that make them amazingly intelligent.

Elephants have been known to medicate themselves when sick by chewing the leaves of specific trees depending on their illness. They also bury their dead in a ceremonial way; the only other species on Earth to do so besides humans.

They are known to get drunk on occasion. They will ignore marula fruits on the ground, opting to eat those off the tree until there is enough of the fermented fruit on the ground and will then eat the whole lot to leave them staggering around. It is not unusual for them to uproot young trees and telegraph poles in this condition. A very human trait; is it not?

Elephants are very playful, which helps them to develop dexterity and special reasoning. Their nimble trunks can be used to manipulate tools, including paintbrushes, which elephants have been trained to use in creating remarkable pieces of art. Circus elephants are known to take a sugar cube out of their trainers’ pockets without breaking it.

They can recognize themselves in mirrors, and, when marked, can immediately see something new has been added to their appearance. To have enough self awareness to recognize a reflection as being the self is the sign of true intelligence. Elephants do look at themselves in a pool of water before drinking. I suppose if they could socialize on marulas then they could be vain as humans as well.

Another strange thing about the elephant is the internal testicles. It is not external as with other mammals. I guess nobody is going to kick him in the balls.



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Comments (104)

Catfoot
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Theresa4tgl
wave Hi Catfoot!

This is a great blog! Love it! You have lovely day yourself!teddybear
Zeurich
Cat I have seen once in a private zoo in India all the animals were drunk then people can go close by.grin grin
Catfoot
Hi Therese
We are truly privileged here in Africa to have such an abundance of wild life.
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123butterflies
Oh really kitten, like really doh I know I may large in statue and drunk but really, a blog about me rolling on the floor laughing rolling on the floor laughing rolling on the floor laughing

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Catfoot
Hi Zeu
The African elephant is not only much larger than the Indian elephant but also much more aggressive. I won't suggest getting close to an African elephant; sober or intoxicated. They cannot be domesticated and are know to have wrecked cars beyond repair.
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Poetnumber1
This is both acute and highly informative. It was certainly a pleasure to peruse Cat. handshake
Catfoot
Hi Flutterby
Specially for you, but I did not know you were captured in the footage. Where were you?
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123butterflies
rolling on the floor laughing in the shadows kitten, behind the other elephant rolling on the floor laughing

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Catfoot
Hi Poet
I'm glad if you enjoyed it.
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Catfoot
Flutterby
Do you mean that cow flat on her back?
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Kalpataru
Hi Catfoot,
I remember (when I was in univ) that an elephant was even used to give us more understanding in drawing a statistical conclusion.. Not sure though if it has any thing to do with elephant intelligence.. giggle
Anyhow, hope no elephant kick you! tongue
Catfoot
Hi Kal
I'm not sure how much elephants know about statistics but the do have exceptional memories. However, I'm not sure how much they remember about the night before after a marula party.
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123butterflies
now now kitten scold put your specs on professor I shot that cow when you weren't looking rolling on the floor laughing well im redneck wasn't hard to do dunno

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Catfoot
Elephants are not known to kick. He will simply put his foot on you. Apparently his sex organ is under his foot because after putting his foot on you, you are... Oh, shut up Catffoot!
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Catfoot
You shot an elephant? Have you seen an elephant rifle? It is almost a small cannon.doh
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Catfoot
Another strange thing about elephants is that they are not allowed to ride bicycles in public. They do not have a thumb to ring the bell.
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Kalpataru

Have you ever seen elephants playing football or at least heard about it?
So yes, they do kick.


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123butterflies
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Kalpataru

And they are not allowed to ride motobikes either. There is no helmet that designed for such big ears! laugh
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123butterflies
Luk that's being mean to the turtle scold whoever did that, shame on them professor
Catfoot
Animals are much smarter than we think and those we think are smart are not as smart as we think.

1. Orangutans
2. Bottlenose Dolphins
3. Chimpanzees
4. Elephants
5. Crows
6. African Grey Parrots
7. Pigs

So where are our friends, the dogs and the horses. Well dogs rank at #13 below rats, raccoons and a few other animals.
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Catfoot
Kal
I think I can recall seeing a video of some Indian elephant playing soccer but that is a human taught skill.

I am yet to see a guy training African elephants playing soccer. He will go straight into the Guinness Book of Records for the shortest living elephant trainer. Humans and soccer balls don't sit well with the bottom side of an elephant's foot.

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Catfoot
Flutterby
It must surely take more than that to get you speechless.
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Catfoot
Hey Lukie,
Is that a record or is it just average.
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Catfoot
Flutterby
No, Lukre is correct. That is a tortoise. Turtles don't have feet with nails on. They have paddle-like fins. The turtle is a water animal while the tortoise is a land animal.professor
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123butterflies
I stand corrected kitten professor but I still think its mean whoever did it to the tortoise sad flower
@ 123, Usually after he has spun around a few times he lands up in the pot for soup...thumbs up cheers
123butterflies
hahahaha not funny luk professor

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Minerva88
Hi Cat. Interesting blog! I didn´t know that elephants got drunk?laugh rolling on the floor laughing

A little joke for you:
"What did the elephant say to a naked man?"
"Hey that's cute but can you breath through it?"
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Also: How do you know that an elephant has been in the fridge????
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... Because there are some footprints in the butter, you idiot!dancing laugh rolling on the floor laughing
Catfoot
Flutterby
Sure, that is a rather nasty thing to do.

And Luke is not kidding. Tortoises are eaten in this country. I have eaten it at several occasions when I was younger. Not the large species though, they are mostly protected but we still have millions of the smaller (Padloper) species.

It is killed and cooked directly on a fire in its own shell (turned upside down). Quite a delicacy with some people here.
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Mimi1973
Luke Butters

The Chinese love their tortoise soup, it's supposedly to detoxify your blood/body...

Heck! Come to think of it, the Chinese love to eat all animals that have their backs facing towards the sky!! doh
Catfoot
Hi Minerva
Yes, they get drunk and disorderly just like humans.rolling on the floor laughing

Your first joke is new to me. Cute! laugh

The clever people overseas say it is something else that intoxicates them as an elephant will need at least 1.7 liters of marula juice to get tipsy but they are wrong. I have seen it happening with my own eyes. There had been no research done to see how much alcohol is needed to stupefy an elephant's brain.

Here in South Africa we make an alcoholic beverage with the fermented marula fruit. Quite potent.doh
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Catfoot
Hi Mimi
Quite so, the Chinese eat everything. A few years ago a Chinese family was evicted from a neighborhood after the pets started disappearing and in the end the skinned carcass of the latest missing pet was found in their house.

I wonder what happened about it. I did not follow the court proceedings.
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Mimi1973
I'm a third generation of Malaysian-Chinese. My great-grandparents were from the Fujian province. As far as I could remember, my late great-grandma was very 'modernized'. She was a midwife and studied Latin while at school. Can't remember her eating any exotic food though.

Anyway, here are 2 pics of a baby Asian elephant that I took while holidaying at the south of Thailand in late February this year.

The baby elephant and the mahout went around the streets of Haadyai asking for alms.

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Angelpepper
wave Bob;
>> Have you ever seen a drunk Rooster?
Catfoot
Hi Mimi,
I must have some Chinese blood for I eat most things.rolling on the floor laughing

Great pics!

But the African elephant is much larger and I would not fancy my chances anywhere within a mile of it. Vicious as they are, they are very compassionate animals. The will even try to bury their victims (yes, even humans) by putting sand, leaves and branches on top of them after killing them. Exactly as they would bury another elephant.
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Catfoot
Hi Angel
Nope, I have not seen a drunk rooster. How did he get high? Placed on a church steeple?
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Catfoot
Mimi
To come back to your pics, if an African elephant should show up in the streets of one of our cities it will cause havoc. The will call out a state of emergency and mobilize the army.
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