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Sri Lankan elephant[edit]

  • From Sri Lankan elephant: Only 7% of males bear tusks.(ref= Jayewardene, J. (1994) The elephant in Sri Lanka. Wildlife Heritage Trust of Sri Lanka, Colombo) However, according to the elephant census conducted in 2011 by the Wildlife Conservation Department of Sri Lanka, only 2% of the total population are tuskers.
  • From Asian elephant Some males may also lack tusks... and are especially common among the Sri Lankan elephant population... (ref= Clutton-Brock, J. (1987). A Natural History of Domesticated Mammals. London: British Museum (Natural History). p. 208. ISBN 0-521-34697-5.)
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Elephants and peanuts[edit]

I’ve heard of myths about elephants eating peanuts, even though they don’t in real life since peanuts contain too much protein, which don’t meet their diet. Elephants are generally herbivores, so they would mostly eat grass, hay, and other plants. I wonder how did they think elephants eat peanuts?

Allan Bao (talk) 21:22, 10 April 2021 (UTC)

Section "Intelligence and cognition"[edit]

Just to make the list complete: All apes (not just some), orcas and magpies are able to recognize themselves. -- (talk) 10:20, 21 May 2021 (UTC)

The source cited in the article says, "Apart from humans and apes, dolphins and elephants are known" for MSR. Mirror test cites another source that specifies "great apes" (i.e., excluding gibbons), and adds orcas, the Eurasian magpie, and ants to the list.[1] There is some controversy about reports of animals other than great apes, such as a cleaner wrasse, passing the mirror test, and Gordon Gallop, who invented the mirror test for chimpanzees, thinks that only humans, chimpanzees and orangutans have passed the test.[2] Personally, I think the list in this article should be left as it is, citing that source, pending more recent reliable sources on the issue. - Donald Albury 14:19, 21 May 2021 (UTC)


  1. ^ "List of Animals That Have Passed the Mirror Test". 2015-04-15. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  2. ^ Preston, Elizabeth (December 12, 2018). "A 'Self-Aware' Fish Raises Doubts About a Cognitive Test". Quanta Magazine. Retrieved May 21, 2021.