Ernie Elephant and the Little Mouse

Can an elephant drink through its trunk?

This is the equivalent of asking, ‘Can you drink through your nose?’ and of course the answer is no. The elephant‘s trunk is an extension of its nose and upper lip. It does not just hang limply but can be operated to carry out a vast range of tasks. The most important of these is food gathering. The sensitive finger (or fingers) at the tip of the trunk enables the elephant to pluck foliage and pass it into the mouth. The trunk is also used as a hose pipe. It can squirt over a gallon of water straight into the mouth when the elephant is drinking. Other uses are as a snorkel or breathing tube when the elephant is swimming, as a lifting device, as weapons for defence and lastly, for smelling, of course.

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