An elephant’s trunk is a truly remarkable appendage.
Weighing in at approximately 140 kg (full grown) and as long as 2 meters, this boneless mass of muscle and flesh is controlled by over 100,000 muscles.
At the end of the trunk there is a small lip which it uses as a finger. This finger is also sensitive to hot and cold and is used to taste food as well as to determine the texture and size of objects.
The trunk, with its thousands of muscles, can push a 600 kg teak log which is why they are used extensively in the forests by logging companies.
The trunk is incredibly strong but also sensitive enough to be able to pick up a small coin off the ground.
The elephant uses its trunk to breath, smell, eat, drink, lift or pick up objects and even to caress its baby or other elephants.
Equally, it can use its trunk to fight or display warning signs by banging it on the ground.
An elephants trunk is arguably the most versatile limb of any animal including humans.