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Fact: The African elephant is the largest
land animal, and can weigh up to eight tons and grow to thirteen feet high.
Fact: The degree of dexterity in an African
elephant's trunk is so acute, that it can turn the pages of a book, or pluck a single
blade of grass. More practically, elephants use their trunks for smelling, caressing,
grasping (including picking berries), hurling mud and dusting themselves, and a wide
variety of other functions. Their trunk has no bones, and is capeable of lifting
up to 600 pounds!
Fact: Man is the biggest threat to elephants,
as they have no natural predators. Estimates of elephants in the wild place the population
of African elephants under 600,000, and Asian elephants under 40,000.
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