Mythbusters: Are elephants afraid of mice?


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+10 1. m_otreborv commented 14 years ago

David won from Goliath...
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+40 2. owner commented 14 years ago

they just dont want to step on it.
respect to little cute mouse. :D
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+12 3. eddie2042 commented 14 years ago

Who knew flabbergasted was even a word?
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+6 4. lockandload commented 14 years ago

elephants get very anxious about sudden movements or sounds that they cannot identify, If the sound cannot be located, this will signal danger to them, any sound or movement an elephant cannot locate will bring the same reaction- small cats, dogs, birds etc
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+14 5. Usdevildoggmc commented 14 years ago

#3 Me! :(|)

Wow very interesting Myth Buster... and #4 They tried the experiment again with JUST the dung moving.... I don't think elephants are used to having their shit flip over... and the elephant just ignored it..
It just shows how amazing their eyesight is and how fast they can pick up objects just by walking along... the only time they moved away is when they saw the mouse not because the poop flipped over.
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+26 6. MakeTnotWar commented 14 years ago

Elephants are like humans. They are afraid of everything they don't know. ;)
Maybe the should have taken a local sort of mouse and not a white labmouse. A wild african elephant has surely never seen a white mouse before. It would have backed away from a Yorkshire Terrier as well.
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+6 7. Baboon commented 14 years ago

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-5 8. c2quad commented 14 years ago

You mean E for Elephant is afraid of R for Rat....haha sTrAnGE
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+4 9. dariodexter commented 14 years ago

hahahaha "slingshot" :D lold on that one xD
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+6 10. xanonym commented 14 years ago

The elephants are not displaying fear, they are simply avoiding stepping on another animal - nothing more. Elephants are extremely sure-footed animals with a high degree of situational awareness and careful where they step. That's all.
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+4 11. USAnumber1 commented 14 years ago

Elephants will avoid a King Cobra because a single bite can kill an elephant. That fact probably causes them to avoid all snakes, just in case.
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+1 12. blockedusername commented 14 years ago

WOW!!! I actually went to the AQUILA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE this summer :P recognised the place. Same trucks etc :P At 1:30 thts the entrance. The camera men are standing at the entrance, filming what you would see as you leave the reception xD The mountains at the distance are the edge of the reserve AND they dont have too much animals :P didnt see thhe entire BIG 5!!!
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+5 13. asdfas commented 14 years ago

What the Romans noticed was that elephants are scared of pigs squealing. So what they would do when their city being sieged by war elephants is dangle pigs from the wall to scare the siege elephants.
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0 14. Baboon commented 14 years ago

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+2 15. SvyasMD commented 14 years ago

He put the dung-y mouse in his mouth at the end... eww!
good find by the way!
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+2 16. Maffis commented 14 years ago

It's cool, but just testing it on 1 elephant doesn't mean every elephant reacts the same.
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0 17. buckleg08 commented 7 years ago