Elephants Can Sort Human Languages


elephantDumbo not only can fly, he can also tell the difference between languages. According to a report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, African elephants can distinguish between different types of human speech and move away from threatening people.

Researchers played recordings of the voices of Maasai men, who have been known to kill elephants over water access and grazing space. When elephants heard adult Maasai voices, they tended to gather and carefully move away. When they heard the voices of Kamba men, or Maasai females and children, all of whom rarely pose any danger to elephants, they showed no concern. Read more at AFP.

{Andy Heller-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. There is more likelihood that an elephant will survive than an arab who has no favor for good hope. There is no favor for a poverty induced criminal. Never Again.

  2. The Maleches Shlomo taught us many centuries ago that elephants understood human language. Read this for a fascinating explanation:

    1) One who sees an elephant or a monkey for the first time, also recites the Bracha of Baruch Ata Hashem Elokeinu Melech HaOlam Meshaneh HaBriyos. (Shulchan Aruch Siman 225:8)

    The reason these 2 animals are singled out for this Bracha, when apparently all animals in the animal kingdom have their own unique and often strange appearance, is as follows:

    The Talmud (Sanhedrin 109a) tells us that one of the punishments that Hashem meted out to the Dor haflaga ,The people who tried to build the tower to heaven and wage war on Hashem,was to turn them into monkeys. (Unlike the evolutionists who absurdly believe that mankind evolved from monkeys, Chazal tell us that in fact the opposite is true and monkeys actually evolved from man!)

    Thus, according to this Gemara, monkeys were not created during the 6 days of creation, and were only “changed” from humans as a punishment. Thus the Bracha of “Meshane HaBriyos- Changes the creatures” is perfectly understandable! (See Maleches Shlomo to Mishna in K’layim Perek 8:6 Dibur Hamaschil Hapil V’HaKof where he alludes to the above and also adds that elephants understand the language of man, and thus are “different” and require this Bracha. See his commentary at length for more on this. See also Meiri to Brachos 58 Dibur Hamaschil HaRoeh.)

    2) Nowadays, with the advent of pictures and the abundance of zoos, there is hardly anyone that hasn’t seen a monkey or an elephant from when they were a small child, so on a practical level this Bracha does not ever get said. (Based on Mishna Berura 225:29)

    Taken from: http://halachafortodaycom.blogspot.com/2013/02/archives-hilchos-birchas-hariyah.html