Monday, March 17, 2014

Elephants Can Tell Sex, Ethnicity in Human Voices

Elephants somehow seem to have overcome their political correctness indoctrination:

African elephants can differentiate between human languages and move away from those considered a threat, a skill they have honed to survive in the wild, researchers said.

The study suggests elephants, already known to be intelligent creatures, are even more sophisticated than previously believed when it comes to understanding human dangers.
There's a good reason elephants have learned to distinguish between different ethnic groups and sexes:

Some of the voices were from local Maasai men, a group that herds cattle and sometimes comes into conflict with elephants over access to water and grazing space. Occasionally, elephants are killed in clashes with Maasai men, and vice-versa.

Other recorded voices were from Kamba men, who tend to be farmers or employees of the national park, and who rarely represent a danger to elephants.

Still other voices tested on the elephants included female Maasai speakers and young boys. ...

When elephants heard the adult male Maasai voices, they tended to gather together, start investigative smelling with their trunks, and move cautiously away.

But when elephants heard females, boys, or adult male Kamba speakers, they did not show concern.
I wonder how long until the EEOC brings elephants to trial for their blatant discrimination and racial profiling? Stay tuned.

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At March 17, 2014 at 11:23 AM , Anonymous rex osborne said...

Those elephants are in real trouble now! Marxian milksops never forget, except in criminal cases involving their Marx-minded colleagues, of course.

At March 17, 2014 at 1:50 PM , Blogger Jemison Thorsby said...

Gives new meaning to the term 'elephant in the room'...

At March 17, 2014 at 2:17 PM , Blogger Old Rebel said...

rex Osborne,

Yes, they are.

At March 17, 2014 at 2:17 PM , Blogger Old Rebel said...

Jemison Thorsby,

Ha! Love it!


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