While human beings require (on average) eight hours sleep for total functionality, elephants are way more flexible. They only sleep four hours per night and they even spend half of their sleep standing up. Deep sleep, however, requires a bit more effort and the elephant would usually lay on its side whilst snoring out loudly. Not so different from you and me, are they?
3. They are emotional creatures
Even though elephants can live for 60 years, they often die way before as a result of injury or decease. Elephants get emotional when they experience someone dying. They turn silent and take time to mourn the dead elephant, and sometimes they even cover dead relatives with grass or soil. It is also proven that the big animals are quite scared of ants and bees, which reveal that despite their big size, elephants are gentle.
4. Their memory is impressive
Elephants do not only have huge bodies, they also have a brain that weights five kilograms, so it's no surprise that they are very intelligent animals. With their large size and brain capacity, they can store information and remember things for years, not just skills necessary for their survival but social learning as well. Elephants remember other individuals and are able to recognize them when they meet them again, even several years later!
5. Elephants love a good shower
Source: Jessica Stern, Frontier South Africa Baboon Orphanage Adventure