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Elephants cry, play, have incredible memories, and laugh! How adorable!

Contributed by Vanessa Lam

Did you know that an elephant can die from a broken heart.

Contributed by Elsie Argomaniz

elephants are very famous for their painting. they're intelligent for the painting and characteristic.

Contributed by Victoria Camacho

a national geographic video of an elephant mourning ritual

Contributed by Kelsey Stewart

Elephant graveyards are not supported by any hard evidence, but death is important to them nonetheless. Their normal lifespan is 60-80 years. Elephants, humans, and Neanderthals are the only animals known to have death rituals. If an elephant becomes sick, herd members will bring it food and help support it as it stands. If it dies, they will try to revive it with food and water for a while. Once it is clear that an elephant is dead, the herd will become very quiet. They often dig a shallow grave and cover the deceased elephant with dirt and branches, and will stay at the grave for days afterwards. If the elephant had a particularly close relationship with its deceased peer, it can show signs of depression. Even herds that come across an unknown lone elephant who has died will show it similar respects. There are also reported cases of elephants burying dead humans they have found in this way.

Contributed by Ben Trabing

Elephants are the only animals that can not jump

Contributed by India Glover

Mechanical Elephant

Measures 40 feet tall and can carry up to 49 people

Contributed by Sara Cornett

Elephants drink about 50 gallons of water A DAY

Contributed by Chenelle Witty

an article about how elephants never forget.

Contributed by Aisha Fall

Elephant Herd

Elephant herds are strictly ordered and structured. They are also Matriarchal.

Contributed by Kelsey Stewart