Thankfully, elephants are not particularly noted for biting people. There are three main species of this majestic animal – two African varieties, the bush and forest elephant, and the Asian elephant. As their species names would suggest, they’re found mainly throughout South Asia, Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
And while everyone knows elephants are one of the largest animals around, you may not know just how big they can get. Indeed, the largest variety, male African elephants, can grow as high as 13 feet tall and weigh up to 15,000 pounds. But it’s no wonder that, despite their stature, elephants are known as relatively peaceful animals – after all, they are herbivores.
Still, while their reputation may suggest otherwise, elephants aren’t actually the most docile creatures around. But because the common perception perpetuates, even people who are around them often don’t realize just how dangerous they can be – like one woman who got a little too close for comfort.