We’re loving this photo of a very itchy elephant stopping to scratch his tummy on a car. zookeepers in St. Louis can tell you how much attention elephants need: every day the caretakers have to weigh the elephants, check out their toenails without getting stepped on, and feed them 125 pounds of food! Luckily you don’t have to have a pet elephant to enjoy World Elephant Day, which is every August 12th!

*Wee ones:* How many legs does that itchy elephant have? Do you have more legs or fewer?

*Little kids:* If you take a bath every day and an elephant takes 1 bath each week, which of you takes more baths? *Bonus:* Elephants eat 100 pounds just in hay each day. How much hay do they eat in a week? Count up by 100s!

*Big kids:* Elephants actually eat 210 pounds of food each day, because they nibble on trees and shrubs. How many pounds more is that above the 125 pounds of fancy zoo food? *Bonus:* Elephants eat huge amounts because they digest only 60% (6/10) of their food! Then how many pounds of that 125 pounds of food “count”? (*Hint if needed:* See if you can simplify the fraction to make the math easier…)

*The sky’s the limit:* If a car weighs 3,000 pounds and an elephant weighs 8,000 pounds, how many ways can you stack cars and elephants to weigh a total of 55,000 pounds?

Answers:*Wee ones:* 4 legs, and you have fewer — just 2!

*Little kids:* You take more baths. *Bonus:* 700 pounds: 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700.

*Big kids:* 85 extra pounds. *Bonus:* Just 75 pounds, since 6/10 is also 3/5.

*The sky’s the limit:* There are only 2 combinations that work, since there are only 2 multiples of 8,000 that have a multiple-of-3 gap from 55,000. You can have 2 elephants (16,000 lbs), which leaves 39,000 lbs of car, or 13 cars. Or you can jump by 3 elephants so you maintain a 3-divisible gap, giving you 5 elephants (40,000 lbs) and 5 cars (15,000 lbs).