Elephants' legs work like four-wheel drive in a car!

Last Updated: Tue, Mar 30, 2010 06:00 hrs

Elephants move like a 4x4 vehicle with all four legs used to accelerate and brake, boffins have found.

In their research, scientists discovered that elephants eliminate the separation of functions of the front and back legs despite having an anatomy very similar to other four-legged animals.

Power is applied independently to each limb, reports The Daily Express.

Other animals that walk on all fours use the hind limbs for power and their forelegs for braking.

"Elephant legs function in very strange and probably unique ways," said Dr John Hutchinson, of the Royal Veterinary College, London.

Earlier it was thought that elephants needed rigid pillar-like legs to support their weight but in fact they flex like humans. (ANI)