By Archiver
Sat, 10/20/2018 - 05:58

Elephants have passed a test of intelligence which scientists say has “profound” implications for our understanding of their mental capabilities. They were found to be capable of performing a task that showed they have a level of self-understanding that is rare in the animal world and defeats humans until they are about two years old.

Elephants have already shown they can recognise themselves in a mirror, something that is thought to be relatively rare among animals.

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By Archiver
Sun, 10/21/2018 - 18:00

Asian elephants in Burma are being poached at an alarming rate—all to meet soaringdemand for the animal’s skin in China, where it’s considered a potent traditional medicine.

“Elephant skins? Give me four hours, and I’ll get you anything from the hunters in the jungle,” a shopkeeper at a pharmacy in Kyaikto, a town in southeastern Burma (also known as Myanmar), according to a Sept. 11 article in the English-language newspaper The Myanmar Times.

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By Archiver
Mon, 10/22/2018 - 11:12

The African elephant is known for its thick, wrinkly skin. But look closer and you’ll see an intricate network of tiny crevices that makes the mighty mammal’s hide resemble cracked mud or damaged asphalt.

The purpose of those cracks is no mystery. An elephant doesn’t have sweat or sebum glands, so it covers its skin in water or mud to keep cool. The micrometer-wide cracks in its skin retain 10 times more moisture than a flat surface, helping the animal regulate its body temperature. They also help mud adhere to the skin, which protects against parasites and rays from the sun.

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By Archiver
Tue, 10/23/2018 - 05:20

MECHELEN, Belgium: A Belgian zoo on Wednesday welcomed its third baby elephant of the past six months, delighting visitors and zookeepers alike.

The new arrival, an Asian elephant still without a name, was the first male born at Planckendael zoo this year.

"We got our third baby, three in a row, three healthy babies. You can't make an elephant zookeeper happier," said Ben Van Dyck who looks after the animals.

On his feet within fifteen minutes of his birth and now walking well, the newborn is perfectly healthy, the zoo said.

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By Archiver
Tue, 10/23/2018 - 14:45

The death of 13 captive elephants in Kerala in the past five months has sparked a debate on the cruelty shown to these animals – an intrinsic part of the state’s grand temple festival tradition – and prompted a revision of the rules protecting them. The deaths follow 20 captive elephants dying in 2017 and 26 the year before, according to media reports.

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