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The Nose Knows: Watch This Mama Elephant Give Her Baby Sweet Lessons on How to Use Her Trunk

Elephants have junk in their trunk, and by junk I mean great possibilities.

An elephant’s trunk is an incredibly useful appendage, capable of doing far more than smelling, but that doesn’t mean these pachyderms know what is going on at first.

Toddlers learn how to walk, a baby elephant learns how to turn its “spaghetti noodle” of a nose into a helpful tool.

In this clip from Smithsonian Earth’s Baby Animals, we see Nandi the baby elephant getting some Trunk 101 lessons from her patient mother, who shows her that a trunk can be “a nose, a hand, a voice and a straw.”

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By the time this Reid Park Zoo baby hit 14 months old, she went from having a noodle of a nose to a fine-tuned leaf-picking snout.