It would seem that elephants are keen to have a clean environment too. Recent CCTV footage in the Kruger National Park caught this ellie scooping up rubbish lying around and placing it in a nearby bin using its trunk.
This elephant wandered through the back garden of a house in the park and casually decided a clean-up was in need, ensuring that no litter was lying around the bin. The ellie delicately picked up the cans, one at a time using its trunk, before using one of its feet to help drop it into the nearby bin.
It’s well known that the African elephant is a rather smart creature. They have the largest brain of any land animal, and three times as many neurons as humans. While many of these neurons exist to control the elephant’s large and dextrous body, these creatures have demonstrated impressive mental capabilities time and again.
Many of us could certainly take a leaf out of this ellie’s book and keep our prized national parks clean for the sake of all who need and enjoy them. Well done ellie! We salute you.
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