They say that an elephant never forgets. Are they correct? How do we measure an elephant’s memory? Exactly how good is this memory? Is it a photographic memory? Would an elephant that had flipped through a copy of War and Peace ten years ago still carry the text in its head, even if it had no clue what any of it meant?
Elephants do seem to have better than average memories for animals – they can recognize trainers after years of not seeing them, and remember tricks they hadn’t done in years.
The phrase is not meant to be taken literally. It is a metaphor.
Our patron researched this some time ago: Is it true an elephant never forgets?