“We admire elephants in part because they demonstrate what we consider the finest human traits: empathy, self-awareness, and social intelligence. But the way we treat them puts on display the very worst of human behavior.” — Graydon Carter
You’ve heard that elephants have a great memory. Well, that’s not all they have. Elephant’s are considered the world’s most intelligent animal, and are similar to a human’s brains in many ways.
According to an article in Wikipedia, Elephants manifest a wide variety of behaviors, including those associated with grief, learning, mimicry play, altruism, use of tools, compassion, cooperation, self-awareness, (and, of course) memory and communication.”
An elephant’s cortex also has as many neurons as the human brain suggesting convergent evolution. That is, “the independent evolution of similar features in species of different lineages.” They also possess strong family ties, possessing one of the most closely-knit societies of any species, and display grief at the passing of a family member. According to many researchers in this field, it is morally wrong for humans to cull them!
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
There is one ability elephants don’t have that we humans have: the ability to make war against neighboring elephant families and other animal specifies! – Sorry, I just had to get that dig in.
One of my favorite thoughts is, “If god created it, love it!” (and God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. Genesis 1:31)