Who says learning a new language is hard? Koshik, an elephant in a South Korea, seems to have picked up a few words from his zoo keeper. In the clip below, Koshik mimics his keeper, and says choah or “good” in Korean. By sticking his trunk in his mouth and breathing out, the elephant has found a way to copy the timbre and pitch of his human friend. Apparently, the elephant can also say the Korean words for “annoying,” “sit down,” “no,” and “lie down.”
Researchers say Koshik does this for social reasons, since he is the only elephant at the zoo. Even elephants need to chat with a friend!