Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Nature finds a way

They say nature will find a way, which is often the case. Take this elephant, which we saw in the Kruger Park the other day. It looks healthy enough and indeed it was. Except for the trunk. If you look carefully at the picture, you’ll see that the end of the trunk is hanging down limply. I’m not sure what has happened but I watched for half and hour or so and it has clearly lost use of the lower half.
But, it has adapted a novel way of bending down to scoop up food, trapping it between his tusk and upper trunk, before gobbling it down. Okay, so it’s a messy form of eating, but it clearly works. Not only surviving but doing well.

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Written by Will Fox

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