Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Of Wit and Elephants,Ping Pong and more......

drawing by marguerita

Elephants exhibit a wide variety of behaviors, including those associated with grief, learning, allomothering, mimicry, art, play, a sense of humor, altruism, use of tools, compassion, cooperation,[3][4] self-awareness, memory and possibly language.[5]

All indicate that Elephants are highly intelligent; it is thought they are equal with cetaceans[6][7][8][9] and primates[7][10][11] in this regard. Due to the high intelligence and strong family ties of elephants, some researchers argue it is morally wrong for humans to cull them.[12]

Aristotle once said that elephants were "The beast which passeth all others in wit and mind."[13]