Bangalore: If you have thought only humans smoke, then you may be proven wrong after watching an elephant smoke. The elephant belonging to Karnataka’s Nagarahole National Park was captured on video, where she can be seen blowing big puffs.
According to WCS India scientist and elephant biologist Dr Varun Goswami, “the elephant was trying to ingest wood charcoal. She appeared to be picking up something from the burnt forest floor, blowing away the ash that came along with it in her trunk, and consuming the rest”.
Charcoal is known for its toxin-binding properties. Although charcoal may not have nutritional value, wild animals get attracted to it for its medicinal value, that also serves as a laxative. As per the reports, wild animals are often seen consuming it after forest fires and lightning strikes.
The Smoking Elephant! This unusual behaviour of an elephant was captured on video from Nagarahole National Park and has us perplexed. Our colleague, Mr Vinay Kumar, was travelling with our field staff in a partially burnt patch of the moist deciduous forests when this elephant appeared in their view. The video he captured has had experts trying to decipher the unique behaviour. The elephant would draw up a trunk full of ash close to her mouth and blow it out in a puff of smoke!Dr Varun Goswami, WCS India scientist and elephant biologist, concludes that likely, the elephant was trying to ingest wood charcoal. She appeared to be picking up something from the burnt forest floor, blowing away the ash that came along with it in her trunk, and consuming the rest. Charcoal has well recognised toxin-binding properties, and although it may not have much nutritional content, wild animals may be attracted to it for this medicinal value. Charcoal can also serve as a laxative, thereby doubling its utility for animals that consume it after forest fires, lightning strikes, or controlled burns of this type.WCS Newsroom | Wildlife Conservation Society
Posted by Wildlife Conservation Society-India on Tuesday, March 20, 2018
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