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RE: "running" elephants
I don't know a lot about biomechanics (to say the least), but...
I remember this film (actually my favorite) called "Hatari" where you can
see real elephants "running", both adult and especially young ones. Apart
from the fact that they seem to "run" a bit more lightly
than the adult, the movements of the young are exactly the same (no
SFX in the film). I mean, it's the same type of moving the legs. Just looks
like a fast walking to me (I'm no expert). So if it's true for a two or
three hundred kilos baby elephant, the scale might be the same for big
'Hatari' is an incredible movie. I've seen it at least twice. The animal
capture scenes are thrilling. CMIIW, but 'Predatory Dinosaurs of the World'
mentions this book when it comes to rhinoceros and running. Btw, 'Hatari'
may have been out a little too early for SFX of that caliber...
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