Recently-released unbelievable clip from the Karnataka forests has left many scratching their heads. The video, posted on Facebook by the Wildlife Conservation Society-India, shows an elephant that appears to be smoking! Yes, you read it right. The video, taken by Vinay Kumar, Assistant Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s India Program, stumped the organization’s scientists as to why the elephant is showing off the unusual behaviour. For scientists conducting long-term research on tigers and their prey, catching an elephant smoking is a rather strange sight.
But when the field staff visited the camera-trap locations in Karnataka’s forest as part of a long-term project to study tigers and their prey, they stumbled upon the elephant’s weird behaviour. Assessing the animal’s behaviour, WCS India’s elephant biologist Dr Varun Goswami said: “I believe the elephant may have been trying to ingest wood charcoal. She appeared to be picking up pieces from the forest floor, blowing away the ash that came along with it, and consuming the rest.” Charcoal has toxin-binding properties that may provide medicinal value to animals and it can also serve as a laxative which would relieve bloating.
Watch the surprising video below:
Last month, North Korea’s chimp was seen smoking inside the zoo. According to officials at the newly renovated zoo, which has become a favourite leisure spot in the North Korean capital since it re-opened in July, the 19-year-old female chimpanzee, whose name in Korean is “Dallae,” smokes about a pack a day. Dallae is short for azalea. Thrown a lighter by a zoo trainer, the chimpanzee lights her own cigarettes. If a lighter isn’t available, she can light up from lit cigarette if one is tossed her way.