Photographer's Note

 Photo taken in the vicinity of Mae Hong Son where some elephants still very fond of bananas.
The proboscis, muscular and without bone, is the most typical feature of the elephants. It is formed by the upper lip and nose, strongly elongated, who used to wear the mouth grass, leaves and water. Elephants consume about 250 kg of forage per day, and drink up to 100 litres of water. The proboscis of an adult elephant weighs on average 150 kg and more than 150,000 muscles.Proboscis is also to issue a trumpeting, felling trees, tear sheets and vacuuming or spray dust or water. It serves snorkel to cross rivers or hunting-fly.
It's the tactile and olfactory organ that elephant uses to communicate within the herd and detect scents carried by the wind.Through the lobe the appearance of finger at the tip of the proboscis and action suction of the two nostrils, elephants can pick up and examine small objects. The trunk of an elephant of Asia can pick up 5 to 8.5 litres of water before back them into the mouth. It allows all the time to pick up a coin and move a trunk of 250 kg.Used as a cudgel, the proboscis is the most formidable weapons: in combat, and even if the males use especially their defenses, it can literally knock out a weaker opponent.

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