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Elephants in South Africa showed that they "never forget" by learning to step over barbed and electric fences. Their actions suggest a brain trigger that identifies dangerous fences obstacles to avoid.
By avoiding the fences, African elephants prove their intelligence and problem-solving abilities. Rather than trample the barriers, they maneuver themselves over the wires one leg at a time.
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Photographs from Indri Ultimate Wildlife Tours in Cape Town, South Africa, show an elephant named Nellie working past a barbed-wire fence. Rather than trampling over the fence, Nellie took her time to step over it carefully. She left herself and the fence undamaged.
Another young elephant avoiding an electric fence in Mpumalanga near Kruger National Park. It stepped over the fence to grab a branch from a marula fruit tree.
"It was quite strange to see the elephant do this, but it is marula fruit season and elephants love them," said journalist Magdel van den Berg. "He remembered the fence for sure; he is a regular visitor to the area. It was interesting to see an animal think and plan its way around the obstacles."
After enjoying his treat, the elephant climbed back over the fence and continued on its way.
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