Is it true that elephants can't jump? African elephant and calf walking, Masai Mara N.R, Kenya. (Anup Shah/Thinkstock)
Is it true that elephants can't jump?
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You asked us, is it true that elephants can't jump?

Yes, it's true. Adult elephants just aren't built to jump. Often weighing 16,000 or more pounds, they're too heavy to make the leap. 

Not only do they not jump, elephants never get all four feet off the ground at once - even when charging at full speed. So, technically, I guess, elephants don't actually run, they power walk.

And why should they jump? The great leapers of the animal kingdom often evolved that skill as a way of avoiding predators. But nothing in an elephant's environment, at least in their recent evolutionary past, required them to hop around.

So, despite what you may have heard, believe me when I say, elephants are earthbound.

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CRITICAL THINKING QUESTION
Why did elephants never need to learn how to hop?
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COMMENTS (350)
  • nyree-whi
    4/14/2016 - 11:41 a.m.

    i think it was a good little story

  • aldo-whi
    4/14/2016 - 11:42 a.m.

    Because there just not built to jump. They weigh 16,000 or more pounds.

  • dae'kwan-whi
    4/14/2016 - 11:45 a.m.

    They never needed to learn how to hop because they don't have any predators.

  • reham-whi
    4/14/2016 - 11:45 a.m.

    I thought elephants actually ran but now I know that they just just power walk.

  • jesse-whi
    4/14/2016 - 11:45 a.m.

    wow so they dont run but power walk that inceadible

  • samantha4-whi
    4/14/2016 - 11:46 a.m.

    They are earthbound animals you have to leave the jumping and hopping to the great leapers and other animals that are built for jumping but all the elephant needs is its power running.

  • jesse-whi
    4/14/2016 - 11:46 a.m.

    and they wat about 16,000 that alot




  • dymond-whi
    4/14/2016 - 11:47 a.m.

    this was very interresting because i never was really ur that elephant can jump or run so this really gave me n answer and why elephants cant run or jump

  • yessenia-whi
    4/14/2016 - 11:50 a.m.

    I was always wondering if elephants can jump and i finally got my answer. This was Interesting to learn.

  • ashley2-whi
    4/14/2016 - 11:50 a.m.

    great story i actually learned a couple of things about elephants

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