Elephants are afraid of mice true or not | Why are elephants afraid of mice

In fact, elephants, contrary to the prevailing opinion, are not at all afraid of mice but they never remain indifferent when they appear.

Thanks to many cartoons and stories known to many, almost each of us is very familiar with the statement that elephants are afraid of mice.  But if you do not take into account folk stories, then the Romans began to be approved for the first time about this. So, for the first time this can be read about this with the philosopher of Ancient Rome Pliny the eldest in his “natural history” (77 years.e.). It was this scientist that indicated that elephants are afraid of rodents much more than others.

However, at the moment there is already evidence that elephants at the sight of mice are not afraid but only discomfort and feelings of anxiety at the sight of these small animals.

It was this attitude of elephants to mice that has been proved during one famous experiment. He consisted in the fact that the mouse was put in a hole, which was then closed with an elephant drop. The elephant, moving towards this hole, touched the fishing line that pushed the ball and opened the mouse while the elephant recoiled and forced to move away from the mouse.

What are the elephants really?

In reality, elephants are not afraid of the mice themselves, but fear the rustle and sounds produced by these animals.

The problem is that it is such sounds rustling and rustle produce large cat predators, creeping up to small elephants. Therefore, for the elephant, such sounds serve as a kind of signal indicating the danger.  Many experiments that were conducted by scientists showed that elephants really react to mouse fuss at first, but then, having understood its source, they quickly stop paying attention to it quite quickly.

Researcher Richard Lair, who has been paying attention to the study of elephants for more than three decades, confirms that elephants really have no fear of rodents. After all, the mouse does not pose any threat to him.  In that case, even if the rodent picks up the giant’s trunk, the elephant will be able to blow it out of there without a problem, just waving it more hard.

Researchers at the University of Cambridge (including Joshua Plotnik) argue that in fact any sharp movements are discomfort and this is not necessarily rodents. Small mammals dogs, cats or any other small animals which move sharply and quickly, will certainly alert the animal. And, of course, the elephant will begin to get nervous until the source of sound sets.

The absence from the elephants of mice was also proved by the experiments that took place in the circus of the Riesing brothers in early 2006. The coach of these animals has repeatedly shown mice elephants in their hands but the elephants showed absolutely no reaction to kids. Thus, it became clear that the elephants did not respond to rodents, but they can be disturbed by their fast dashes and rustle. But, it is clear that such a reaction is quite normal not only for elephants, but also for any other animals.

A few years ago, in 2017, scientists from the University of Vitvatersrand (Africa) set out to find out the duration of the elephant sleep (it turned out that it was not so long only a couple of hours). At the same time, elephants are really extremely rare for this literally several times a week and in this position they spend no more than an hour. And if a noise source is nearby (even a small mouse), it is not surprising that the elephant will prefer to sacrifice for the sake of his calm. Therefore, it is not at all surprising that the rustle can make them break off but not a small mouse at all.

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