Do elephants have knees?


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The two back legs of the elephant contain knees complete with kneecaps. The same area on the front legs acts more like a wrist joint. Elephants rise by propping on their front wrists and using the knees of the back legs to stand upright.

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Elephants are the largest land mammals alive, with the biggest weighing approximately 15,000 pounds. They have many unique features. The elephant trunk is a fusion of the nose and upper lip. It is manipulated by thousands of tiny muscles. The elephant replaces its teeth periodically; new ones grow in the back and ones in the front are shifted out. Elephant tusks are used for fighting, digging and eating.

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