07 March, 2011

Elephants: superiority confirmed

There is some thing about these massive creatures that has, from the instant I set eyes on them, captured my imagination and won my complete admiration. I have always felt without any doubt, that Elephants are supreme. They are huge, but whenever I get close to them and look at them attentively, I have always felt that Elephants are unique. Not because of their size or the way they are shaped, but there is some thing about them that simply awes and makes you love them. They are massive, but neither threatening nor menacing; compared to their size, they have these very small eyes that whenever they look at you, they seem to say: 'I know and understand'. The way they move, feed, breed, take care of their young and each other and sleep - is simply amazing: so organized and disciplined. They are more intelligent and superior than most animals. That superiority has now been confirmed:
  • An experiment reveals that elephants not only cooperate, but that they understand the logic behind teamwork.
  • Some elephants even figured out shortcuts that researchers hadn't thought of to obtain food rewards.
  • Elephant intelligence and ability to cooperate at least equal these same skills in chimpanzees and dolphins, scientists believe.
  • Elephants naturally understand when to lend a helping trunk much as people know when to lend a helping hand, displaying a complex level of cooperation confirmed only in humans and our closest relatives until now. Discovery News
Elephants are widely regarded as possessing advanced brains, displaying levels of intelligence seen only in humans, dolphins, chimpanzees and others capable of higher forms of thinking. For instance, elephants recognize themselves in mirrors, learning that such reflections are images of themselves and not others, behavior apparently unique to species that show complex empathy and sociality. Live Science
A series of tests, reports the National Academy of Sciences, has proved the intelligence and superiority of Elephants. The tests too, have proved how the giant mammals learn to cooperate and solve complex problems; how emotional they are and how they help each other, even those in distress. And how can anyone who knows Elephants forget the way these adorable creatures behave when they lose one of their own: the wake and vigil that they perform for the dead, is incredible.

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