Can elephants sneeze?
-ALEX SHEFTIC, JR., DADEVILLE, ALA.
The elephant with a head cold is a staple of kiddle lit, featured in at least three children's books (" 'Stand Back,' Said the Elephant, 'I'm Going to Sneeze!' "). Unfortunately, elephants don't sneeze at all. But they do sometimes blow their noses, which looks even sillier. According to Marie Galloway, elephant manager at the National Zoo, "they flatten the end of their trunk shut, twist it back and forth several times and then expel air out loudly and forcefully, sending mucus flying." So if you ever see an elephant with a twitchy trunk, you'd be wise to stand back.
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