General Flash Fiction posted October 18, 2019


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Does Size Matter?

by LisaMay



Age is irrelephant. Luckily, he didn’t have Alzheimer’s disease, but I had a mammoth tusk tolerating his habits. He kept squirting me in the bath and playing his trumpet too loudly. He had a thick hide, but he packed his trunk and left after I goaded him, calling him Dumbo. 

 


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Author's Note:

This is number 20 in the series of my hypothetical 'new boyfriends'... working out what attributes are worthy.

Elephants are exceptionally smart creatures with impressive memories. Out of all land mammals, an elephant's brain is the biggest (over 10lbs). It contains three times as many neurons as a human brain. While many of these neurons exist to control the elephant's large and dexterous body, these creatures have demonstrated their mental capabilities time and time again. Elephants' EQ is close to that of chimpanzees, and since humans are close relatives of the latter, the brains of humans and elephants are remarkably similar in many aspects. (EQ, or EI, is emotional intelligence.)

Elephants are among the most exuberantly expressive of creatures. Joy, anger, grief, compassion, love; the finest emotions reside within these hulking masses. Through years of research, scientists have found that elephants are capable of complex thought and deep feeling.
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