When seeing babies learning to talk or learn to walk, anyone can say: “Oh, so cute”. Just like seeing pictures of elephants learning to drink water like this, you can’t help but laugh.
Elephants are considered the gentlest, most intelligent giants in the animal world. Their brains are so good at remembering that they don’t forget anything they’ve seen or heard. Just like humans, they need time to learn important skills in their early years.
Although baby elephants can learn to stand, lie down and walk within the first few hours of being born, it takes them almost a year to learn essential skills, such as drinking water from the trunk.
The trunk dangling in front of them has a high and important use value, but the elephants can’t use it fluently, but it takes time to practice. So in the first years of life, when they do not know how to use the faucet to drink water, the elephants have to pour their mouths into rivers and lakes. The action is also silly, funny and lovely like babies taking their first steps.
Here is a proof of the cuteness of the baby elephants when drinking water.
The trunk of an elephant is a unique combination of the nose and upper lip, forming the most important and versatile accessory of the elephant. The trunk is dexterous enough to pick up a blade of grass and strong enough to break a branch.
The trunk is often used by elephants to drink water. Elephants will suck water into the faucet (about 14 liters of water / time) and then spray water into their mouths to drink. The faucet also serves as a shower when the elephant is bathing. On hot days, elephants use their trunks to cover their bodies with dust and dried mud to form a protective layer that works like the sunscreen we often use. When swimming, the hose acts as an extremely effective breathing tube.