As the elephant calf stepped into the river, it could feel the powerful water flowing against it. Nevertheless, it pushed forward; the opposite bank couldn’t be too far away. Suddenly, the current overtook the baby, and tumbling shapes was all it could see.
There is no doubt that elephants are intelligent creatures. African and Asian elephants have advanced brains similar to our own in some ways, particularly their big, complicated neocortex. Only a few known animals – such as certain dolphins, apes, and, indeed, us – have this characteristic.
In addition, elephant brains have the most mass in the animal kingdom. They’re almost double the size of a blue whale’s brain, despite the obvious size difference between the two creatures. And 300 billion neurons power an elephant’s cognition – that’s just as many as humans have.