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Please pass along, re: H2O & Elephants

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Subject: Please pass along, re: H2O & Elephants
Author:  lcoleman@usm.maine.edu (Loren Coleman) at smtp
Date:    9/04/1996 1328

These folks just don't know what they are talking about re: elephants and 
swimming.  Elephants love to swim, love water, and most zoologists know 
this very well.  Even elementary sites on the Internet have such statements 
as this:


Walking Movements

Despite their great weight, which in African elephants reaches 15,400 
pounds, and in Indian elephants reaches 11,000 pounds, elephants walk 
almost noiselessly and gracefully. Elephants normally walk about 4 mph, and 
can charge at up to 25 mph. They cannot gallop or jump over ditches, but 
they like rivers and lakes, where the water supports them and enables them 
to swim for long distances without getting tired.

"Elephant," Microsoft (R) Encarta. Copyright (c) 1994 Microsoft 
Corporation. Copyright (c) 1994 Funk & Wagnall's Corporation.

Get a grip folks.