Sunday Smile: Elephant Tongues

As part of each elephant’s recent check-up, the girls got a dental exam so that we know the current state of their teeth – and can compare to prior years’. But getting to their teeth is sometimes a charming task, as they have to put their tongue away to see their top teeth and then move their cheeks to be able to visualize the bottom ones. This Sunday Smile is just a small glimpse of the view we got this week from the girls!


P.S.: These videos were taken with our phone. The veterinary videos were taken using a plumber’s camera that allows us to get closeups in detail that a regular camera would not.

P.P.S.: Anyone having trouble viewing the video can watch it here 


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    Wim says

    No video to watch yet!

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      Sara says

      It should be there now!

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    Mollie says

    I love GSE elephants and their “people ” the best caretakers and advocates EVER!

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    Kathryn Quinton says

    Still no video

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    Merry says

    “What huge chompers you have!”

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    Terry says

    Very interesting!!! Their teeth look like flat boards! What is the yellow ” thing” right in the middle of the tongue?

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      Kat Blais says

      chewed food

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    Bonnie says

    Sara interesting now what was that in the upper part of the mouth teeth and what was the yellow thing on the tongue

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      Kat Blais says

      chewed food

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    Patricia says

    OMG, that is SO wonderful! Thank you! May their teeth remain healthy. May their bodies be well and strong. Love to every ele and every animal, bird, and human at ESB! xoxoxo

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    Richard Chiger says

    When I used to visit with my great friend, Fritha, the elephant, I used to scratch her tongue and she loved it. She used to purr and want me to keep doing it. I also met an elephant at the Portland Zoo, Tuy Hoa, with whom I did that. Tuy Hoa also purred and flapped her ears back and forth. Their tongues are like velvet. Elephants are the greatest life form on earth. They are sweet, sensitive, super intelligent and beautiful.

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    Suzanne Eaton says

    Great video. Amazing teeth our girls have. They are so good to do what you ask of them. Thanks for sharing.

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