Friday, 14 May 2010
They have four molars that weigh about 11 pounds each, and these are replaced six times throughout their lives as the front ones
wear down and the back ones shift forward.African Elephant tusks can weigh from 50 to 100 pounds and stretch up to 8 feet in length. Both cows and bulls have tusks. The two main african elephant species are the African Bush Elephant (Loxodonta africana) and the African Forest Elephant
Thai elephants Having dark brown or gray skin, the grown-up male elephants have a pair of ivory, while the female counterparts have none.Thai elephants have been revered in Thailand for many centuries. Famous as the strongest beasts of burden, in Thailand they were important in battle, with kings mounted on Elephants fighting the Burmese to defend Thailand on many occasions. They have also been noted for their intelligence, memory and pleasant nature. A Thai legend has it that a marriage is like an elephant-- the husband is the front legs, that choose the direction, the wife the back legs, providing the power !
A white elephant is even included in the flag of the Royal Thai navy, and the "order of the white elephant" is one of the highest honours, bestowed by the king. White elephants, in fact, are very rarely completely white. The skin has to be very pale in certain areas to qualify as a "white elephant"in training In the past, wild elephants were caught and trained. The city of Mae Hong Sorn was founded as a stockade for newly caught elephants, since that region had a high elephant population. This century, the number of elephants has declined so rapidly that the entire domesticated stock are one or more generations from their wild forebears. There are still a few thousand wild elephant in northern Thailand