p>Those who have returned from a quest for the elephant graveyard tell tales of confusion. They have followed dying elephants for days on end, only to discover that the elephant, although terminal, has been leading them in circles to confuse them. This may account for the death and dehydration of many of the unsuccessful explorers.
There are some theories as to why this myth may have started. It is possible that large numbers of elephants may have died in the same area over a short period of time as a result of a massive food- or water shortage. Groups or herds of elephants may also have died as a result of a natural disaster, such as a flood in the area. Some groups have also been found where the tusks of every elephants are missing. This may indicate that hunters managed to round a large number of animals up and slaughter them in the same area in order to minimise the amount of travelling they would need to undertake to get a large amount of ivory. Yet another theory is that the strong winds that sweep the savannah plains may actually blow the dry bones into a common area, giving the impression that all of those elephants gathered in that place to die when, in fact, they could have been scattered over vast plains.
The lives, abilities and mannerisms of elephants hold such a fascination for humans. Indeed, even their deaths inspire years of research and exploration. There is a mystery about elephants that transcends scientific explanation, and a bond between them and humans that has continued, unexplained, for centuries.
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