Ping Pong Balls: The Most Unexpected Elephant Deterrent Ever

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Ever wondered while on safari what the best elephant deterrent was? Here’s a nifty piece of knowledge for your next trivia night: In Africa, elephants (AKA the largest land animals on Earth) are kept away from farmer’s fields by shooting them with ping pong balls (AKA the hollow plastic things humans hit at each other willingly!). Beginning in 2010, the U.N. unveiled a ‘toolkit’ to help farmers protect their crops from marauding elephants that included a ping pong gun that fires ping pong balls filled with chili powder. To the elephant’s credit, we think we’d be a lot less keen to jump in on a ping pong match if we were going to get covered in chili powder.

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