Asian Elephant Sanctuary Ep. 4: Freedom! Finally!

Upon reaching sexual maturity, the male elephants become attentive. They use their supple, agile trunks to move heavy objects like timbers. This helps tone the phalanx of muscles into sinewy instruments, which attest to their strength as a symbol of masculinity. What may seem to be rowdy antics are actually a way for them to release overloaded energy. This is of vital importance in their future bids for mating rights. When they can no longer curb the urge, they get ready to leave the herd for a new start.

About 'Journeys in Nature': Asian Elephant Sanctuary Series

In 2021, 16 Asian elephants left their habitat and embarked on a journey northward. Their unusual trip puzzled millions of viewers on the internet. Eventually, after a 17-month odyssey, the herd returned to their home. To find out what sparked this magnificent trek and get closer to this fascinating species, CGTN Nature traveled to Yunnan Province and discovered some interesting stories about these big guys. Stay tuned for the new series: Asian Elephant Sanctuary!

For more

Asian Elephant Sanctuary Episode 1: Tracks in the rainforest

Asian Elephant Sanctuary Episode 2: Family always have your back!

Asian Elephant Sanctuary Ep. 3: Learning to swim can save your life

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