The long walk…..

ALTHOUGHT THEY APPEAR TO BE FLAT-FOOTED, elephants are in fact digitigrades [i.e., they walk on tip toes]
The elephant’s weight rests on the tip of each toe and on a fibrous cushion of cartilage under the “heel” which acts as a shock absorber, deadening sound.
Elephant’s feet are constructed in such a way, that the sole spreads out to take the weight at each step. When the foot is lifted, the toes sag and the foot diameter is reduced.

Considering its size and weight, the column-like limbs of the elephant have great mobility although the animal’s bulk demands that 3 feet normally be kept firmly on the ground.
An elephant tends to set its hind foot in the track on the forefoot, so that the tracks of the fore and hind feet often overlap, saving energy and allowing the elephant to travel distance of up to 50km in a day. The average walking gait is 6-8km/h, while a top speed of 30km/


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  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 5 years ago

  • Olitto
    Olittoabout 5 years ago

    Great art-work Mags!!

  • Thank you so much Olitto, never put my hand on something like this before and I really do appreciate your comment so much more on this one! Take care my friend !

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • emmy2
    emmy2about 5 years ago

    Totally Gorgeous my friend. I love the enhancements here. And the info that you wrote about this is very interesting too.

  • Thank you sweet vics, my first time on something like this, bit unsure of myself though! Appreciate your inspiration and kind comment dearest friend, hugs xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Gail Bridger
    Gail Bridgerabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful work here…love what you done here!! So cool!

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