Animals

Baby Elephants Suck Their Trunk the Same Way Humans Suck Their Thumbs

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Baby elephants suck on their trunk for comfort just like human babies do with their thumbs. And just like newborns, elephant calves are born with a strong sucking reflex — helping them to instinctively know what to do when they’re near their mother’s breast. Older elephants will sometimes suck on their trunks too when feeling nervous or unsure.

An elephant’s trunk contains around 50,000 individual muscles allowing for very precise movement and control. This can be quite challenging for a baby elephant at first, but over time they gradually learn through practice. Elephants also hug each other by wrapping their trunks together as a greeting or sign of affection.