Do Elephants Ever Forget?

Over the years, strange ideas about certain animals spring up and in time many people come to believe them. One of these “legends” is that an elephant never forgets.

The truth is that elephants do have good memories, probably better than most animals. There are many cases, for instance, where and elephant had some injury inflicted on bit by a man and years later attacked the man who had done it harm.

But elephants certainly do forget. Just think of what it takes to tame and then train a wild elephant. The trainer has to be quite tough, often striking it and forcing it to do things against its will. If an elephant “never forgot”, it would never allow itself to be tamed because it would always be attacking its trainer!

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