25-08-2020 di redazione
The elephant, as well as a species to be protected for its precious tusks, can increasingly prove to be a friend of man and Nature.
Certainly the biggest, but also the most useful in things you would not expect. A study by the American Lifesaving has found that even his excrements can become indispensable (as well as free) on many occasions.
And it must be said that the elephant produces several, about fifty kilograms per day, because the adult pachyderm can eat even two hundred kilos of food per day.
American research has identified at least ten uses of elephant poop, among which the most widespread by populations living in close contact with them, particularly in equatorial areas, is to use it to keep away mosquitoes!
Here they are:
By setting fire to the dried dung of our fanged friend, the smoke from the combustion is enough to repel the mosquitoes, without having to rub it on your skin. Surprisingly, burnt manure does not have a particularly pungent odor and is significantly less offensive and harmful to the nostrils than chemical repellent sprays.
If you are in the savannah struggling with minor pains, there is no better medicine than elephant poop.
As a result of the wide variety of fruits and plants that an elephant consumes all day long, their waste products are a unique remedy for traditional medicine. In their feces you can find traces of much of the foliage that an indigenous healer would have used in his treatments. Once the manure is lit, you have to wait for the flames to go out, at which point you can inhale the smoke. All you need is a deep breath and a headache will go away from you, as well as relief from toothache or earache.
A heated and then cooled dung ball will stop the bleeding nose, healing and healing wounds. So rather than looking for the savannah for the grass or bark used to treat a specific disease, just consider inhaling some elephant poop!
4 ECOLOGICAL PAPER
Despite the large amounts of food you put in your mouth, an elephant digests only about 45% of what it consumes.
Elephants are herbivores and prefer highly fibrous diets, so much of the undigested material goes straight through them intact fibers.
And this is why a cellulose-like cellulose for paper products can easily be obtained from excrements. Today our eco-friendly paper is more commonly made from wood fiber pulp, but a similar pulp can easily be derived from elephant dung fibers.
The average elephant excretes enough excrement to produce 115 sheets of paper every day. The paper produced has a slightly different consistency from what we are used to, but it would be preferable to write on slightly rougher paper rather than watching our forests being felled.
5. FERMENTED COFFEE
You have probably already heard of those fashionable coffee beans that have passed through the digestive systems of civet, a small animal present mainly in the East whose coffee beans it feeds on are collected from their feces, then washed, fermented, dried and roasted, before being sold for considerable sums of money.
Well, now it seems that someone in the Golden Triangle in Thailand had a similar idea, but on a much larger scale. Instead of civets, a herd of 20 elephants feed and expel coffee beans worth $500 per pound.
They call it "black ivory coffee," and for now it is sold exclusively in five-star resorts throughout Asia and the Middle East. The only place you can buy it if not in the East is at "The Elephant Store," a small store in Texas, where all profits go to the preservation of the species. Elephants are totally herbivorous (unlike civets) and the fermentation process they use to break down cellulose in their food highlights the sweet fruity flavors of the coffee bean they eat and gives it a chocolaty flavor and cherry aftertaste. All traces of bitterness disappear, and it has also been described as a sort of hybrid tea and coffee thanks to its softness on the palate.
The success of "Black ivory coffee" has inspired an even stranger drink called "Unkono Kuroai".
The name of this strange drink is a pun on the Japanese word "Unkoai", which means "poo".
The same coffee beans that have been expelled by elephants are then processed by the Sankt Gallen Brewery using the beer method. Its flavor remains similar to that of coffee, soft and sweet, with its initial bitterness that lends itself to hints of chocolate. The fermentation also creates some gr
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