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Little "Coco" was caught running wild with his mother on the Island of Ceylon. Last year I met him at Barnum and Bailey’s Circus. He introduced himself by gathering wisps of hay from the floor, rolling them into a neat bundle and presenting his gift to me with his long, sensitive trunk. He took to civilization like a duck to water and has developed into the cleverest trick animal in captivity.
Our African Elephant is distinguished from its Indian cousin by its great, fanlike ears and corrugated trunk. The females of this species are constructed to be well-nigh tireless. The life of the average elephant is one hundred years, and in all probability the animal never lies down during his entire lifetime.