Poor guy has lost his nose

Poor guy has lost his nose

An elephant’s trunk acts like his nose but it’s also like a hand. Much sensory information comes through the trunk which has two nostrils running through its length. In addition, an elephant may touch an object with the tip of its trunk and then touch its trunk to its mouth. The smell can be perceived by the Jacob’s organ for more information.

The trunk is important for tactile communication, for expressing affection, for threatening, and in courtship. When browsing, the trunk may be used to tear leafy branches from trees and to pull fresh grass from the ground. The trunk is a powerful and adept appendage.

The trunk is one of the most sensitive parts of an elephant’s body. Since it develops numerous muscles, when an elephant is irate, it can use its trunk to strike a target quick effectively.

The drawing is a scene from the Nairobi Nursery (David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust). Keepers feed a special milk formula to orphan elephants in giant milk bottles. Since elephants cannot digest cow’s milk, a formula including human baby formula and coconut was developed. Some elephants learn to hold their own bottles. Since many orphans arrive at the nursery malnutritioned and starving, some may fight with other baby elephants for additional milk. However, the keepers intervene to assure each elephant gets the amount of milk needed.

The keepers grow to love the elephants and the elephants love the keepers. How strange their temporary human “mothers” must appear to their adopted baby elephants. The Nairobi Nursery keepers all happen to be men.

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