12 August 2018 is World Elephant Day.
Elephants are the largest of the land animals, weighing as much as 13,000 pounds, and they can live up to 70 years.
Elephant society is a matriarchal monarchy; an old cow is in charge and when she dies, her oldest daughter takes over. The bulls are booted out of the tribes when they reach puberty, or at about 15 years. At that point, some of them live alone, while others form up into groups of boys and go fishing (well, maybe not so much on the fishing part).
- Do baby elephants eat elephant poop? Yes, it’s biologically required in order for them to populate their intestines with healthy bacteria. Plus, after growing up on elephant poop, even broccoli tastes pretty good.
- Do other lifeforms enjoy the great taste of elephant poop? Yes — humans! The most expensive coffee in the world is processed through the intestines of elephants. If you are interested in waking up to a steaming hot cup of crap-a-ccino, it’s called Black Ivory Coffee and will set you back about $50/cup.