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Are elephants the only animal that cannot jump?

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It's a popular myth that elephants are the only mammal that cannot jump, but rhinos, hippos and sloths also carry this same trait. When hippos and rhinos run, however, there are times when all four feet are off the ground at the same time, but it is not considered jumping.

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This is not the only myth about elephants that is believed by many. For instance, it is often thought that elephants love to eat peanuts, but peanuts are not a part of the elephant's diet in the wild. For survival, the elephant must eat for 16 to 18 hours each day. Peanuts are so small that the elephant would not receive the proper nourishment needed to thrive. Another example of an elephant misconception is that elephants use their trunks to drink. They will suck water partly up their trunk and then pour the water into their mouth, but they do not actually ingest the water through their trunks.

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