Elephants can tell whether a human is a friend or foe by their scent and colour of clothing, according to
The researchers also found that although a pack of hyenas clothed in trackies and hoodies only caused mild amusement amongst the elephants, a stampede resulted when the same hyenas were dressed in twin-sets from Marks and Spencers.
Ian Culpable, chief researcher for the University team, stated that he was not surprised at the results. “My wife’s been wearing M & S clothing for years and I’ve never seen an elephant in Fife”
The hyenas who participated in the experiment were derisive. “Blue tunic with green skirt, I’m not surprised we didn’t get a good reaction,” sneered the leader.
“Yeah, you can’t expect fashion sense from those University types,” laughed another. “If it was beer tasting or sleeping, then I wouldn’t question their expertise!”
“Those hyenas don’t take anything seriously,” said an elephant, “if they just made an effort, perhaps even a bit of rouge and lippy, then some of these surreal experiments might actually prove something!”