Elephants are matriarchal and that could be considered strange (to people who have grown up in a patriarchal society, anyway). They're also endangered, and, while not exactly obscure, they are strong and intelligent (at least enough that they rival humans).
Also, they're social animals (like humans) and they travel in herds. The females (and young calves) live together, and the males leave the herd when they're thirteen to find a bachelor herd made up of young males, usually led by a much older male elephant (this might be considered unusual, too). That's where they learn to behave like an elephant bull. Older male elephants can also be mostly solitary (except for maybe a cattle egret hitching a ride and the occasional meeting with another elephant).
Their emotions are like ours and they mourn their dead (they way they do so is pretty interesting. They sort of kick the bones around and examine them by sniffing them and putting them in their mouths, as if to take in as much information on the dead elephant as possible). Some show empathy for members outside their species (as long as they don't see them as threats, that is). They also have good memories (they really don't
forget much). Some elephants, if they have a traumatic experience, get Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
edited 26th Oct '11 1:35:48 PM by BlackElephant
I'm an elephant. Rurr.