Claudius Aelianus, a Roman writer, states that Indians had difficulty with catching an adult elephant. That’s why they went to the swamp and there they caught small baby elephants. The favorite place of staying elephants are boggy and wet areas, where the water is galore. As they prefer to spend time in such areas, you can call the elephant a swamp animal.
People are grasping baby elephants yet gentle and meek, then they take care of them, satisfing their appetites and care for their physical condition, they use caressing expressions (elephants understand the speech of the natives). In a word – they nurse them like children and nurture, while teaching various fields. And small elephants obey them.
Claudius Aelianus, De Natura Animalium
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