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♪ ♪[MAKES ELEPHANT NOISE].LEO: TODAY, MY FRIENDS
AND I ARE MAKING NOISE ABOUT ELEPHANTS. NO WAY, I’D LOVE
TO SEE THAT… DO YOU HAVE A VIDEO? THIS IS MY FRIEND ALI, SHE
WAS JUST TELLING ME THAT ELEPHANTS USE THEIR TRUNKS
FOR ALL KINDS OF THINGS. AS YOU CAN TELL
BY HER, UM, TRUNK, ALI IS A HUGE
FAN OF ELEPHANTS. AND WHO CAN BLAME HER? ELEPHANTS CAN SMELL
WATER FROM MILES AWAY, THEY CAN TELL IF AN ANIMAL
IS A FRIEND OR AN ENEMY AND EVEN MAKE TOOLS,
ALL USING THEIR TRUNKS. AN ELEPHANT’S TRUNK CAN BE
USED AS A SNORKEL IN DEEP WATER AND IT CAN EVEN HOLD
TWO GALLONS OF LIQUID, TWO GALLONS! BABY ELEPHANTS HAVE TO
LEARN TO USE THEIR TRUNKS, AT FIRST IT’S MORE LIKE
A FLOPPY GARDEN HOSE THAN A USEFUL LIMB. SPEAKING OF BABY ELEPHANTS,
THEY’RE SUPER ADORABLE. AND DON’T EVEN GET ME
STARTED ON THEIR EARS. ELEPHANT’S EARS HAVE A
UNIQUE PATTERN OF VEINS, JUST LIKE FINGERPRINTS,
NO TWO ARE ALIKE. AFRICAN ELEPHANT’S EARS
CAN BE 6 FEET TALL, NOW THAT’S A
HUGE FINGERPRINT. EARS ARE ALSO ONE OF THE
WAYS TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO SPECIES OF
ELEPHANTS, AFRICAN AND ASIAN. ASIAN ELEPHANTS HAVE
SMOOTHER SKIN AND SMALLER EARS THAN
AFRICAN ELEPHANTS. ALSO, VERY FEW ASIAN
ELEPHANTS HAVE TUSKS. THEY USE THESE EXTRA-LONG
INCISOR TEETH TO PEEL BARK FROM TREES, DIG UP ROOTS
TO FIND WATER AND TO DEFEND THEMSELVES AGAINST ENEMIES. COMBINED, THE TWO TUSKS
CAN WEIGH OVER 200 POUNDS. UNFORTUNATELY THEY’RE
THE MAIN REASON WHY AFRICAN ELEPHANTS
ARE ENDANGERED. ELEPHANT TUSKS
ARE MADE OF IVORY, WHICH IS PRIZED
BY SOME CULTURES. IT’S CARVED INTO STATUES,
MADE INTO JEWELRY AND CRUSHED INTO POWDER. POACHING, THE ILLEGAL HUNTING
AND KILLING OF ANIMALS IS THE BIGGEST
DANGER TO ELEPHANTS. POACHERS KILL THESE
AMAZING ANIMALS JUST TO TAKE THEIR TUSKS. IT’S TOO AWFUL TO
EVEN THINK ABOUT. JUST OVER A
HUNDRED YEARS AGO, MILLIONS OF ELEPHANTS ROAMED
ACROSS AFRICA AND ASIA. TODAY, ONLY HALF A MILLION
REMAIN ON THE ENTIRE PLANET. IF NOTHING IS DONE
TO STOP THE POACHERS, ELEPHANTS WILL DISAPPEAR. BUT AREN’T GOING TO LET
THAT HAPPEN, ARE WE? WE’RE GOING TO TRUMPET AS
LOUD AS A HERD OF ELEPHANTS TO SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT WHAT
WE CAN ALL DO TO HELP. ALI, HOW ‘BOUT ADDING
SOME HUGE FLOPPY EARS TO THAT COSTUME? HA-HA, NO WAY THAT WON’T
GET PEOPLE’S ATTENTION! WHOA, DYLAN GOT OVER 300
SIGNATURES ON HER PETITION TO MAKE SELLING
IVORY ILLEGAL. AND SHE HAS A
MEETING WITH HER STATE REPRESENTATIVE
TO DELIVER IT. GO DYLAN! WOW, NOW I’M TOTALLY INSPIRED
TO DO SOMETHING TO HELP. I FEEL A POEM
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