elephant who can SPEAK five words... but you'll have to learn Korean if you
want a chat
Experts suggest Koshik's vocalisations are an attempt to
bond with handlers
As a calf he was the only elephant in the South
Korean zoo where he lives
Fiona Macrae Science Correspondent
2 November 2012
So far he has yet to master the
phrases 'Please may I have another bun?' and 'Eek, a mouse!'
Koshik the elephant has made a start, by learning how to speak five words in
a human-like voice.
The 22-year-old male, housed in a South Korean
zoo, places the end of his trunk in his mouth and, rather than coming out as
a low rumble, the sound matches human speech in pitch and tone.