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Ask A Ranger #5

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This month's question :
Please why do elephants cross their legs I often see this happen,  I thought only humans cross their legs so strange  thank you.

Kind regards Doris Charles (tomatotamata)

Answer :
This is a difficult question to answer and could be for any number of reasons. However, if we were to speculate, one would reason that since an elephant does not lie down from 16 – 20 years of age (lying down for more than a few minutes can cause them to hemorrhage) , and spends most of a twenty four hour day supporting five to six thousand kilograms on it’s legs that crossing them provides a few moments of relief from the weight placed on them. They do sometimes rest against large termite mounds which also helps take some weight off their legs.