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Elephants avoid a full moon when being naughty

That elephants have great memories we all already knew but that they can also remember and track the phases of the moon to plan when to do something naughty is new to us all.

A group of scientists from the Anglia Ruskin University in the UK conducted research with wild African elephants (Loxondonta africana) and five villages in and around the Mikumi National Park in Tanzania. The researchers were trying to understand when the elephants were more likely to raid the villagers’ crops and to find out if there was a pattern in the behaviour.

What they found out is quite curious.

Although elephants are cathemeral animals, meaning that they are active during both day and night, it seems that they raid significantly less often and do a lot less damage during the night, especially during full moon nights when humans are able to detect them approaching and destroying the crops.

It seems that elephants are able to make a correlation between the lunar cycle and the likeliness of them being caught doing something they shouldn’t have been doing thus increasing their odds of getting away with it. They are getting pro at being “little” scoundrels!

I love elephants but look at that face, you just know they are up to something!





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