Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Elephant Remembers Electric Fence, Verrrry Carefully Steps Over It

Elephants, according to legend, have remarkable memories. The young elephant in this video remembers getting a shock from a short electric fence. So when she encounters that same fence again in the video below, she verrrrry carefully steps over it to reach a branch in a nearby tree:

The video above was shot at Kruger National Park in South Africa. Photos of similar behavior were recently posted to Facebook by Indri Ultimate Wildlife Tour - perhaps the elephant in these photos also had an experience with an electric fence.

The wildlife website TheDodo.net notes that the video and the linked photos "show unusual behavior for elephants - usually, the biggest land mammals in the world simply trample fencing." Here's an example of elephants using more typical means to get over fencing in Africa:

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