Although they start their “run” at only 8 km/h, elephants have been reported to reach speeds up to 40 km/h (25 mph), all the while using the same gait.
In tests at the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre, the fastest elephants reached a top speed of 18 km/h (11 mph).
At this speed, most other four-legged creatures are well into a gallop, even accounting for leg length. Spring-like kinetics could explain the difference between the motion of elephants and other animals.
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