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.