Koshik the Korean Elephant spent 5 years of his youth at Everland Zoo in South Korea. Being the only elephant at the zoo, he had built a social life with the human visitors of the zoo. Scientists have recently started running tests on Koshik due to his strange ability of mimicking human speech! Scientists report that after translating recordings of the Korean elephants speech, he has the ability to sound words such as “hello”, “sit down”, “no”, “lie down” and “good”. Unfortunately, although Koshik can mimic these words, there is no evidence to prove that the intriguing mammal can understand or be aware of the meaning behind them.
So although Mandarin may be the most spoken language in the world, Korean is the language preferred by Koshik the Elephant.