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Trainer Kim Jong-Gap (L) gives a treat to Koshik, a 22-year-old male Asian elephant at the Everland Zoo in Yongin, 49 kms (29 miles) south of Seoul on November 2, 2012. Researchers say that Koshik can imitate several Korean words using his nose, trunk and mouth, mimicing seven Korean words which are clearly understandable to visitors. AFP PHOTO / KIM JAE-HWAN