1. First, Ron Siegel infamously gave LSD to elephants so he shouldn't be cited as an expert on anything...ever.
Second, while a full moon can effect some behaviors of wildlife, this "waving branches and ritualistic bathing" stuff is nonsense.
2. And to be sure, I asked Joyce Poole who has spent more time observing elephants in the wild than anyone else (her studies are largely responsible for the international ban on ivory) and she confirmed this is nonsense.
Here's the thing about elephants...
3. Elephants feel otherworldly...no other animal like the elephant. I have seen elephants do things that would blow your mind...you don't need to make stuff up!
Example: Makena was responsible for babysitting a calf and thought she lost her and panicked.
4. A few years ago there was a viral tweet where a woman said elephants look at us and think we're cute (not true). She made it up & refused to delete
Elephants give us enough...they celebrate births & mourn deaths. They communicate through their feet.
What more do you want?!
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