Are elephants really afraid of mice?

Elephants miceMice are supposed to strike terror at the elephants. The Disney classic movie “Dumbo” and the countless other cartoons have further reinforced that belief. But is it really true that one of the biggest animals known on planet Earth is really afraid of something that is small?

The elephant’s fear, it turns out has more to do with the element of surprise than the mouse itself.

There is no evidence to back up the claims or notions that elephants are afraid of mice because these small creatures might nibble on their feet or climb up into their trunks.

Elephants, which have relatively poor eyesight, may be more likely started when mice dart past. In the wild, anything that slithers or runs by an elephant can spook the latter. Elephants get startled when there are small and fast animals around them. But the same is true for many animals.


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