Elephants are truly extraordinary creatures, speaking here of both size and intelligence. Not only are they the world’s largest land-based mammals but they’re also among the smartest animals in the world. Although not as cute as the animals we have domesticated over the ages, elephants are some of the most interesting creatures on the face of the planet. Let us then address the elephant in the room and find out more about this majestic animal. Here are ten interesting facts about elephants you probably didn’t know.
9There are homosexual elephants
Believe it or not, there are homosexual elephants out there. They mate all year-round but never with females. On the other hand, female elephants are only fertile for a few days every year anyway. During this time, males try to court potential females in various ways, usually via affectionate gestures. If the female accepts, she will follow a very distinctive protocol to let the male know that she accepts him. They usually mate after about 20 minutes of courting. The gestation period of a female elephant is 22 months. Interestingly enough, some of them will induce labor via self-medicating using certain plants. Elephants have wider pelvises, thus have lower mortality rates and birth complications.