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What Do Elephants Use Their Trunks For?

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What Do Elephants Use Their Trunks For?

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Incredibly, there are over 150,000 muscle units and tendons in an elephant's trunk. But what do these animals use one of their most distinctive physical features for? Caretakers at Smithsonian's National Zoo fill us in. #ZooQs

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While Asian elephants are known to be intelligent creatures, caretakers at Smithsonian's National Zoo are embarking on a new study to prove just how smart they are. In doing so, they put Kandula, a young pachyderm born and raised at the zoo, to the test... and the results are fascinating. Join the team at the National Zoo as they examine the problem-solving powers of their Asian elephants. By shedding new light on the minds of these critically endangered animals currently losing their natural habitats, they hope to raise awareness worldwide.

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