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What is an ingrown hair on an elephant called?

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No official terminology exists in reference to an ingrown hair on an elephant. Compared with humans, elephants have significantly less hair per area, subsequently lessening the chances of having ingrown hairs. Elephants have straight hair, which is less likely to become ingrown than curly hair.

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Due to its scarcity, an elephant's hair functions much differently than that of other mammals, serving the purposes of heat regulation and dissipation. Elephants have a higher ratio of mass to surface area than other mammals, which means that they also require more effective means of radiating heat. Elephant hair is believed to increase the animal's ability to lose heat by 23 percent. Other methods include fanning the ears and swimming.

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