Friday Fact | Elephants

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Why do elephants flap their ears?

Blood vessels transport the warm blood from the elephant’s body to the intricate network of veins behind the ears. When the elephant flaps its ears, it cools down the blood in the vessels before it is transported back to the body.

To hasten the process, the elephant turns into the wind when flapping its ears to further cool down the blood.

Now you know!

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