Did You Know That Baby Elephants Suck Their Trunks?

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Babies are more similar among themselves than you would ever imagine – regardless of their species. Recently, the internet went crazy about the elephant baby who was filmed trying to learn who to use its trunk for drinking. See it below.

But did you know that the baby elephants actually suck their trunks, just like human babies suck their thumbs? The reason behind this behavior is the same – they are looking for comfort. Much like humans, elephants are born with a strong sucking reflex. It helps them with feeding when they are newborns and they instantly connect sucking with food and mom, which means safety and comfort.