Happy EleFact Friday! We’ve previously shared how elephants relate to a variety of other species in the animal kingdom. From manatees, to aardvarks, elephants have several traits and characteristics that are similar to other animals. For today’s EleFACT, we want to share with you an animal that elephants share a characteristic with that may surprise you: the gibbon.
Like gibbons, elephants are very social animals with complex relationships between individuals. However, the most significant similarity between gibbons and elephants is their ability to climb.
In recent studies, elephants, which were once thought to spend the majority of their time on solid ground, have been found to be tremendous climbers. One of the more recent studies, led by Dr. Joe King, found that elephants, despite their weight and size, can climb through trees at speeds of up to 28 miles per hour. You may be wondering how this is even possible, but on EleFact (or EleFiction) Fridays, anything can happen 😉
Photo: Bambi wishing everyone a fun-filled April Fools Day while she hangs out in a tree.
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Carol saysApril 1, 2022 at 2:11 pm
That’s unbelievable!!! Love these informative tidbits of knowledge!👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻😃
Sara saysApril 1, 2022 at 2:17 pm
We do want everyone else to know this is a silly April Fool’s joke from all of us to all of you. (Just in case it wasn’t obvious…)
Katie Howard saysApril 1, 2022 at 2:50 pm
Bambi looks good in a tree! 😁
Sara saysApril 1, 2022 at 3:01 pm
She’d probably love it!
Susan Flewelling saysApril 1, 2022 at 3:40 pm
Ok – you suckered me in with that one! 🤪🤪🤪🤪
Sara saysApril 1, 2022 at 4:04 pm
Hope it made you laugh!
Charlotte Hansen saysApril 1, 2022 at 4:15 pm
I was starting to fall for it til I looked more closely at the photo! Too cute!!
Sara saysApril 1, 2022 at 4:47 pm
Can’t get it past you, Charlotte!
Suzanne Eaton saysApril 1, 2022 at 6:20 pm
🤣 April Fools!!
Love the Ele Facts. Thank you.
Julie saysApril 1, 2022 at 6:25 pm
Ha ha! Good one! I was shocked to find out goats can climb trees. Google it! Goats in trees, So I’m not sure or not, honestly, if I would have been fooled if you hadn’t been so kind as to make it obvious it was April fools day!
JamesMichael saysApril 1, 2022 at 7:24 pm
Aw, c’mon…elefants can’t climb trees – can they? lol
Alana saysApril 1, 2022 at 8:22 pm
Do they flap their ears & fly out of trees? LOL
Beji saysApril 2, 2022 at 8:30 am
Very clever…however, Bambi “leaves” nothing to chance!!
John saysApril 2, 2022 at 2:01 pm
Oh, you guys!
Susan Flewelling saysApril 2, 2022 at 3:53 pm
Sara – i had a great chuckle over that one – and passed it to friends who apparently are more alert than I am!
Sara saysApril 2, 2022 at 11:32 pm
Glad you got a chuckle for it. 😊
Alice saysApril 2, 2022 at 5:44 pm
I remember seeing a video of Bambi climbing up on the fence, so you had me halfway believing this!!
Patricia saysApril 2, 2022 at 10:20 pm
Made me laugh out loud! Very fun and funny! 🤣😂🤣😂🤣
Wim saysApril 3, 2022 at 5:57 am
Wonderful probably because l love both lovely species.
Must investigate if my other non-human family members are related to elephants.
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