God’s mighty hand and works are majestically displayed throughout our land and creation. One place where this is so apparent and beautiful is when you take a glimpse at the elephant’s trunk. The astounding facts when you consider just this one appendage of this mighty mammal are truly mind-blowing and give much reason to praise and magnify our awesome Creator. Consider just a few pieces of evidence here in this article.
The upper lip of the elephant’s trunk is combined with its nose, which are both joined as one in this muscular feature. Two nostrils run up through the trunk which makes the elephant’s sense of smell one of the most sensitive in creation. It has been said that the elephant’s sense of smell is four times that of a bloodhound, with their ability to track water from miles away.
The trunk of an elephant has no bones through it, but it is one intense mass of muscularity. In fact, there are 40,000 muscles within it! The trunk is so powerful it can push over trees and lift almost 700 pounds. They can toss the heaviest item around as if it were a feather. Elephants have been known to pick up full-grown tigers with ease!
But for all its might, this amazing part of the elephant has dexterity, flexibility, and amazing precision as well as tenderness. Acting as fingers the trunk forms into a joint which can make a pile of even the smallest grains for them to lift to their mouths to eat. Picking up the tiniest blade of grass, sorting through and foraging for what it wants with the finest precision is all right there.
The elephant will also use its trunk as a tool. Picking up branches and other things as needed is another way their trunk is a given to them for skill and protection. It does compromise some of the elephant’s intense sense of smell while they are doing this, but he will even use this powerful tool as needed with skill.
Another mind-blowing and fantastic fact is that the elephant is the ONLY animal with his own built-in snorkel. Being able to cross bodies of water while reaching their trunk high in the air; no scuba diving gear required here because of this creative masterpiece.
The elephant also uses its trunk to show strong emotions and many of us know that elephants are very societal and communal.
At the birth of a baby, a happy relative will lift its trunk high like a trumpet proclaiming a call of joy. As well, during a reunion, you will hear elephants calling to each other afar off with the sounds of delight coming quicker and quicker the closer they come to each other.
And yes, an elephant even uses his trunk to display grief over a loved one passing. They have also been shown to have a type of post-traumatic stress from losing relatives and have angry calls of anguish as well.
The trunk is also used for comfort and displays of love as well as tenderness from the moment a baby begins to use his or her long nose. A baby elephant has been known to suck its trunk for comfort. An elephant will comfort itself by petting itself and of course, will comfort others by caresses with their long noses. Interestingly, when a baby elephant is born not knowing how to use its trunk it must learn. Through the practicing of using this structure, an elephant will even show a tendency towards being left or right “trunked” 🙂
To say that the elephant’s trunk gradually developed over tens of millions of years is complete foolishness. How could something so marvelous, so complicated, so amazing evolve itself?
Surely, we must hear the call of scripture and join with Job when he says…
“But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee, and the fowls of the air and they shall tell thee: Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this? ” Job 12:7,8
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