The elephant that speaks Korean!
- 1 November 2012
Scientists have discovered an elephant in South Korea that can speak in the country's language.
Koshik the elephant can say five words - "hello", "sit down", "no", "lie down" and "good" - in Korean, the language spoken in the part of Asia that he lives.
He 'talks' by putting his trunk in his mouth imitating human sounds, but it's not thought he understands what he says.
Even so, scientists say it could provide important information about how animals learn to make sounds.
But how did Koshik learn these words?
When he was younger he was the only elephant at his zoo and his only contact was with humans.
Scientists think he changed his sounds to try to bond with the humans.