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 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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