The Cushions Of The Feet Of African Elephants


Whenever we visit animal sanctuaries of Africa, we see many animals, and big elephants are unique attractions. Well, my children also are happy to see the various animals in Africa, but they also ask many questions. However, they have learned many things regarding animals, each time they have new questions. Well, my little daughter, playing with her pendant asked me when we had visited Africa last month how animals manage to walk with the heavyweight of their body. Well, this question is very reasonable, and as she is tiny, she supposed to ask such questions naturally. I also wondered because African elephants are huge and heavy too. Well, they have a particular system of cushions in their feet to manage their body weight. 

The Feet Of African Elephants

The Cushions Of The Feet Of African Elephants
The Cushions Of The Feet Of African Elephants

The cushions present in the elephants’ feet are subcutaneous. In addition, such cushions are essential in maintaining the balance of the body. They bear the body weight. Well, headrests also very essential to absorb and store mechanical energy. 

However, the feet of African elephants, sometimes get affected by the disease. Well, first, their feet were examined with some technology to check their fitness, and organizations also did the tastes according to the standard histological and morphological techniques, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed technology (CT). 

Rays In Forelimbs And Hindlimbs: Feet Of African Elephants

The Cushions Of The Feet Of African Elephants
The Cushions Of The Feet Of African Elephants

The prehallux or prepollex, a sixth ray, is present in both the limbs, hindlimbs, and forelimbs in the feet of African elephants. Also, rays never touch the floor directly. . Well, there are fibrous strands or sheets. Tissues from the larger chamber that is in the bay of the headrest. Adipose muscles form the smaller room. 

Place Of The Compartments Of Cushions

The compartments are located in between the metacarpal, metatarsal, and tarsal bones. There are elastic and reticulin and collagen in the headrests. Several nerves course in them. Furthermore, the vascular supply of the pillows is good. In the collagenous tissues, there are Vater-Pacinian in the embedded form.

Micromorphology Of The Cushions Of African Elephants:  

Well, experts compare some micromorphology of elephants’ cushions with other animals and artificial solutions. Experts found that the African elephants’ cushions morphology is the same as of digital cushions of human beings or cattle. Furthermore, experts also said that you could not compare the cushions of elephants with the horses’ digital cushions. Foot cushions of African elephants are very sensitive because of their critical mechanical features. 

The Skeletal Elements:

The Cushions Of The Feet Of African Elephants
The Cushions Of The Feet Of African Elephants

Well, the tissues of the elephants’ headrests need support and protection of skeletal. Feet’s ligamentous structure is transversely oriented and supports the arch that runs from medial towards the parallel ray. Also, the cartilaginous structure is a little bit curved, and hence it looks like a blunt-ended cone and elongated.  The physiology is indeed intriguing and many tourists all over the world flock to Africa to see them

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