Elephants have extremely flexible and strong trunks with 150,000 muscle
fascicles. African elephants have two “gripping fingers” at the tip of the
trunk, whereas Asian elephants only have one.
The trunk of an elephant is as versatile as a Swiss army knife. Not only can
the elephant smell really well with it, it uses it to suck in water, steady
itself, lift trees up high, or spray itself with cool mud. The elephant eats by
wrapping its trunk around leaves and grasses, whereby it plucks them from the
tree and feeds them into its mouth. A grown animal devours up to 150 kg of
green foliage a day. Elephants can even pronounce human-like words with their
trunks. To do this, they put their trunks in the mouth and place it on the
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