A spin-off from the series, Octonauts, comes Octonauts: Above & Beyond! Its first episode entitled “The Octonauts and the Skeleton Coast Adventure” is where a cute elephant, Mabel, was first seen. From Octonauts Wiki and World Wildlife, here’s Mabel in real life!
In this episode, the crew got a shipwreck on a desert coast called The Skeleton Coast. The Octonauts were able to meet thirsty animals and needed drinking water. One of the animals they got to meet was Mabel, an elephant traveling with a herd. Mabel, in real life, is the biggest land mammal walking the face of the earth. What a gigantic discovery for the Octonauts!
Elephants, as described by Brittanica, have long trunks connected to their upper lip and nose. They have big tusks, a gigantic head with wide flat ears, and fat column-like legs. In the series, Mabel’s color consisted of an overall gray with dark spots of gray on the top of her head. While elephants in real life only go from gray to brown.
There are many uses for an elephant’s trunk; it varies from situation to situation. One is that they use it as a tool for reaching food, picking up heavy objects, or even messing with your head. Another example is when they drink water; they use their trunk to suck it up and drink. It’s also fun to watch them take a bath; you’ll think you’re in an aquatic show. You’ll see a fountain coming out of their trunks!
Mabel, as seen in the first episode, travels with a herd through The Skeleton Coast Adventure. She noticed her calf went missing when they were on their way to the octopod. So, having the Octonauts around, Peso rescued Mabel’s calf from a sandstorm.
Since elephants are matriarchal, only female calves are allowed to stay with their maternal herd. However, this is only possible when a single female calf is only born once every four to five years, according to World Wildlife. As for the male calves, they leave the herd when they reach puberty. They would travel in small bachelor groups or even live in isolation.
If humans have building engineers, the forest has elephants. Even as big as they are can be considered as a big softy when it comes to nature. As stated in the World Wildlife, because they leave a dense pathway wherever they go, it allows other animals to pass through. The same goes with their footprints, which create a micro-ecosystem for small species. Indeed, they are full of resources!