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Last Updated: Wednesday March 23 2005 21:14 GMT

Elephant mimics sound of lorries

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Forget trumpeting - an elephant in Kenya has learned how to mimic the sound of lorries.

The creature - called Mlaika - is semi-wild. At night, she is kept in an enclosure close to a motorway.

Mlaika appears to have picked up the sound of the traffic. Scientists have recorded her making truck-like noises for several hours after sunset.

It is the second case of an elephant learning to mimic sounds after a male at a Swiss zoo learned to chirp.

It happened when he was put in an enclosure with two female Asian elephants.

Being an African elephant, he wasn't used to the chirping sounds Asian elephants use to communicate - so he learned how to do it so he could join in.



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