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Elephants Don't Jump

The average elephant weighs 8,000 pounds (double the weight of a pick-up truck). They can possibly reach up to 16,000 pounds. Their mass is enormous. And while a truck might become airborne with sufficient acceleration, the fastest an elephant can move is about 10 to 15 miles per hour. Their mass is perched somewhat precariously on the elephant's legs. It is not a good design for leaping. If you were to look at an elephant's skeleton, you would see that they are standing on their toes. That design supports the weight, but does not allow for an upwards spring from the feet. Elephants don't exactly need to jump-their protection is in their size and the other members of the herd. When threatened, the younger more vulnerable elephants are circled by a ring of fierce adults. Their trunks then become deadly weapons against attacking predators.


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