An elephant that speaks


"This Elephant Speaks"

Trainer Kim Jong-Gap (bottom) stands with Koshik, a 22-year-old male Asian elephant at the Everland Zoo in Yongin, 49 kms (29 miles) south of Seoul on November 2, 2012. Researchers say that Koshik can imitate several Korean words using his nose, trunk and mouth, mimicing seven Korean words which are clearly understandable to visitors.

Koshik can imitate human speech, saying words in Korean that can be understood by speakers of the language, researchers from the University of Vienna say. Koshik was the only elephant living at the Everland Zoo in South Korea for about five years in his youth, with only people for company during an important phase for bonding and development. (Source)

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