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Elephant speaking words in Korean

The 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

By 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!'

But 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.

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