Saturday, April 21, 2018
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Mystery surrounds 'smoking elephant' in India


Posted on Sunday, 25 March, 2018 | Comment icon 12 comments

What is this elephant smoking ? Image Credit: Vinay Kumar / WCS
Unusual footage has emerged showing an elephant attempting to ingest pieces of smouldering charcoal.
The animal in question, which in the video can be seen billowing clouds of ash from its mouth, was picked up recently on a camera trap by conservationists in India's Nagarahole National Park.

"I believe the elephant may have been trying to ingest wood charcoal," said elephant biologist Varun Goswami of the Wildlife Conservation Society's (WCS) India program.

"She appeared to be picking up pieces from the forest floor, blowing away the ash that came along with it, and consuming the rest."

While the behavior may seem unusual, it is not unheard of. Other species, such as colobus monkeys, have been known to eat charcoal, possibly to help counteract toxins in their diet.

Exactly why this particular elephant was doing it however remains unclear.


Source: Live Science | Comments (12)

Tags: Elephant, Smoking

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #3 Posted by seanjo on 25 March, 2018, 17:58
Carbon...
Comment icon #4 Posted by NicoletteS on 25 March, 2018, 18:42
It's that charcoal fad. She's probably trying to whiten her teeth.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Echoes on 25 March, 2018, 20:31
Fire-breathing elephants? What next!?†
Comment icon #6 Posted by Jon the frog on 25 March, 2018, 20:49
Really good for the stomach when eating toxic plants, helping digestion and getting rid of tannin, †monkey do it too.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Fila on 25 March, 2018, 22:02
Yea, I think this may†be the reason why. https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg15520940-800-eat-your-charcoal-son/
Comment icon #8 Posted by qxcontinuum on 26 March, 2018, 3:35
Humans do it as well. The old fashion pills against bloating were charcoal.† Worked like magic. Amazing though that animals have know cure methods. True sign of intelligence.†
Comment icon #9 Posted by curiouse on 26 March, 2018, 7:15
Thatís just dust or Ash. Me thinks!
Comment icon #10 Posted by Hankenhunter on 26 March, 2018, 7:32
My mother's pantry had a quart jar full of charcoal for intestinal troubles. This was in the sixties. I don't know if it was a placebo effect or not, but it sure seem to work for my five brothers and I.† Hank
Comment icon #11 Posted by Matt221 on 26 March, 2018, 19:25
He's rolled a fat one an elephant smoking skunk...
Comment icon #12 Posted by krone on 20 April, 2018, 20:07
She may be pregnant, pica (consumption of non food items like mud or charcoal) is common in pregnant mammals.


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:
Members:

6165789
262536
174742

 
New species of 'exploding ant' discovered
4-20-2018
Capable of taking drastic action to protect their colonies, these ants have a rather unusual defense mechanism.
Missing Nazi submarine mystery finally solved
4-20-2018
The wreckage of one of Germany's most advanced U-boats has been discovered off the coast of Denmark.
Mutation helps Bajau people stay underwater
4-19-2018
In a rare case of natural selection in modern humans, the free-diving Bajau people have developed a larger spleen.
NASA teases plans for nuclear power in space
4-19-2018
The space agency will be revealing new details of its 'Kilopower' system at the beginning of next month.
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
Revealing the secrets of the deep ocean
Posted 4-19-2018 | 0 comments
Scientist Mandy Joye has dedicated her life to exploring the depths of the world's oceans.
 
Giant 3D-printed man
Posted 4-15-2018 | 2 comments
British YouTuber James Bruton has created a giant 3D-printed sculpture of himself.
 
The world's roundest object
Posted 4-12-2018 | 2 comments
A look at how the roundest object can help us to define the humble kilogram.
 
Do fish talk to each other ?
Posted 4-10-2018 | 11 comments
Fish might seem silent, but in actual fact they make a wide range of different sounds.
 
The great Jaffa Cake debate
Posted 4-8-2018 | 4 comments
Revisiting the age-old question - is the humble Jaffa Cake a cake or a biscuit ?
 
 View: More videos
Stories & Experiences
Dreams and clues to the future
3-31-2018 | Philippines and Germany
 
Black cloaked figure
3-31-2018 | Carlisle, Cumbria, England
 
Three knocks
3-8-2018 | Canada
 
Two shadows of me
3-8-2018 | Bellflower, LA
 
I think I know what I saw
3-5-2018 | Near Sultan, Washington
 
Ghost, or something else ?
3-5-2018 | Ohio, USA
 
 
Black hole in Bismarck
2-14-2018 | Mandan
 
 
Trapped and chased
2-9-2018 | Saskatchewan canada
 

         More stories | Send us your story
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com © 2001-2018
Terms   |   Privacy Policy   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ