Koshik the Elephant learns how to talk

10:29 04 November 2012

Do elephants possess some hidden intelligence?

Do elephants possess some hidden intelligence?

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Elephants are known for their tusks, their size, and for being a bit scared of mice.

But now, one Korean beast has seemingly learned how to talk.

Koshik, 22, can say five words in Korean - “annyeong” (hello), “anja” (sit down), “aniya” (no), “nuo” (lie down) and “joah” (good).

A team led by Angela Stoger-Horwath of the University of Vienna, also played 47 recordings of the mammal to 16 native Korean speakers to see if they could identify what he was saying and the results “largely confirmed” he can speak in the language.

She explained: “Koshik is capable of matching both pitch and timbre patterns [in human speech].”

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