We now know that elephants communicate over long distances by stamping their feet, so that other elephants pick up the vibrations. South Korean zookeeper Kim Jon-Gap says that their zoo has an elephant that has learned to speak actual words.

A sixteen-year-old elephant named Kosik imitates the sound of eight Korean words, such as “sit,” “no” and “yes.” He does it by putting his trunk into his mouth and shaking it while he exhales. Jon-Gap, who has been taking care of Kosik for ten years, says he’s not sure if the Asian elephant knows what he?s “saying,” or if he’s just imitating sounds, the way a parrot does…or does it?

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Elephants can communicate in miraculous ways. The Grays can communicate with us too, and one of the ways they do it is through books written by people, such as The Communion Letters and Whitley’s new novel The Grays. We can also communicate with each other about our own experiences and how they’ve changed us?and maybe that’s the most important communication of all. Join in the dialog?subscribe today!

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