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Koshik the elephant mimics human speech

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Feb 24, 2012
I thought this was interesting...the pachyderm puts his trunk in his mouth to modulate the airway, and produces sounds that are recognizable as Korean words:

Trunk in cheek, elephant mimics Korean | Life | Science News

South Korean Zoo Elephant Uses His Trunk To Imitate Human Speech - YouTube

Elephants are quite intelligent, and are known to be self-aware as they pass the so-called mirror test:

Mirror test - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Here is some information about a young African elephant cow that mimics the sounds of trucks on the highway to pass the time at night:

Elephant Mimics Truck Sounds | LiveScience

Orphaned Elephant Mimics Trucks