ELEPHANTS

Published December 13, 2022 by Nan Mykel

The only thing wrong with elephants is…well, you get my meaning.

The elephant animals themselves, however, are somewhat miraculous creatures.  I quote from Stephen Pinker’s The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language:

The elephant’s trunk is six feet long and one foot thick and contains sixty thousand muscles.  Elephants can use their trunks to uproot trees, stack timber, or carefully place huge logs inj position  when recruited to build bridges.  An elephant can curl its trunk around a pencil and draw characters on letter-size paper.  With the two muscular extensions on the tip, it can remove a thorn, pick up a pin or a dime, uncork a bottle,  slide a bolt off a  cage door and hide it on a ledge, or grip a cup so firmly , without breaking it,  that only another elephant can pull it away.  The tip is sensitive enough for a blindfolded elephant to ascertain the shape and texture of .  In the wild, elephants use their trunks to pull up clumps of grass and tap them against their knees to knock off the drt, to shake coconuts out of palm trees, and to powder their body with dust.  They use their trunks to probe the ground as they walk, avoiding pit traps, and to  dig wells and siphon water from them. Elephants can walk under water on the beds of deep rivers or swim like submarines for miles, using their trunks as snorkels.  They communicate through their trunks by trumpeting, humming, roaring, piping, purring, rumbling, and making a crumpling metal-sound by rapping the trunk against the ground.  The trunk is lined with chemoreceptors that allow the elephant to smell a python hidden in the grass or smell food a mile away….HarperPerennial 1994.

Which brings us to another question:  How did the Democrats get to be a donkey and the other…you know… We can turn to Google for the answer:

 

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