Elephants really do have ‘silent footsteps’

Ever wondered why you often don’t hear elephants when in the African bush, despite their enormous size?  A new scientific study of Thai elephants suggests it’s because they really do ‘tread lightly’ on the earth.

“Despite their size, elephants step lightly, the team reports today in The Journal of Experimental Biology. A human runner exerts peak forces of three times his or her body weight when running, whereas elephants exert at most 1.4 times their body weight.”

Full story here:  http://sciencenow.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2010/212/1

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