In the realm of remarkable animal intelligence, an old video showcasing the ingenuity of an elephant has resurfaced, once again capturing the attention of online audiences. Shared by Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer Parveen Kaswan on Twitter, the video portrays an elephant’s adeptness in breaking an electric fence, crossing a road, and gracefully disappearing into the forest.
In his caption, Mr. Kaswan humorously remarks, “We are too smart hooman !! See how this elephant is smartly breaking the power fence. With patience.” The video unfolds with the elephant meticulously assessing the electric fence’s current flow by delicately touching the wires. Demonstrating remarkable problem-solving skills, the elephant proceeds to attempt pushing down the wooden pole of the fence and even employs a log at one point to facilitate the process. Eventually, the giant tusker succeeds in breaking the fence, all while ensuring its own safety.
Originally shared in 2019, the video has sparked renewed fascination on social media. Users have praised the elephant’s intelligence and labeled it as “clever” and “majestic.” Some reflections on the video suggest a deeper message about the impact of human encroachment on wildlife habitats.
“Clever elephant. When humans have encroached every micro inch of land and created barriers everywhere, what else can other species do?” commented one user. Another emphasized the contrast in innovation, stating, “Without access to any labs and R&D, they are proving better than us. And they never intend to harm others.”
Social media responses echoed a sentiment of admiration and respect for the elephant’s problem-solving prowess. “We should not underestimate them; it’s really cool,” remarked one user, while another added, “Majestic and smart.”
Since its reposting, the video has garnered over 78,000 views and accumulated more than 4,500 likes, underscoring the enduring fascination with the intelligence and resourcefulness of these magnificent creatures. The elephant’s ability to navigate obstacles, showcase problem-solving skills, and ensure its own safety serves as a testament to the remarkable cognitive abilities of one of Earth’s most revered species.