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‘1 rabbit saw 6 elephants while going to the river’: Can you solve answer to the viral animal riddle?

'1 rabbit saw 6 elephants while going to the river': Can you solve answer to the viral animal riddle?
How many animals are going towards the river riddle. Pic credit: @owais_1989/Twitter

There is a new riddle online to keep people’s minds active as they self isolate and quarantine during the current pandemic.

This riddle asks how many animals are going towards a river with the riddle starting: “1 rabbit saw 6 elephants while going to the river.”

Here is the full riddle:

One rabbit saw six elephants while going to the river.

Every elephant saw two monkeys going towards the river.

Every monkey holds one parrot in their hands.

How many animals are going towards the river?

How many animals are going towards the river?

The riddle/puzzle itself does two things.

First, it asks that people understand grammar and the English language. The second is just to use simple mathematics.

However, even when doing that, there are still arguments.

Here is a look at each part of the riddle.

1 rabbit saw 6 elephants while going to the river.

This is simple English. It does not say the elephants are going to the river. It says the rabbit is going to the river when it sees 6 elephants.

So, therefore, only one rabbit is going to the river.

Every elephant saw 2 monkeys going towards the river.

So, this said that every elephant saw two monkeys going toward the river. Once again, this is English. It didn’t say “each elephant,” it said “every elephant,” so the elephants, as a group, saw a total of two monkeys.

However, the monkeys were not going to the river – they were going toward the river. That is not the same thing.

Finally, every monkey holds 1 parrot in their hands. This doesn’t matter since they are not going to the river — but toward the river.

This means that only one rabbit is going to the river.

That means one animal is going to the river.

Other online riddles have fans attention

There are many other riddles and brain-teasers online to keep you occupied as you quarantine and self-isolate.

The Mr. Smith had 4 Daughters riddle had people arguing about how many children that Mr. Smith really had last week.

There was also a picture puzzle where people had to spot the hidden cat in the picture of a woman with a broom that had people pulling their hair out.

For movie fans, there was also the great 66 Movies in a Picture Challenge, where there were 66 images in one photo that related to a classic movie for fans to find.

10 thoughts on “‘1 rabbit saw 6 elephants while going to the river’: Can you solve answer to the viral animal riddle?”

  1. admin in first riddle may be your answer is worng coz in the end the question was asked about going towards the river. So the answer may be 3 animals as parrots are birds. correct me if I’m worng.

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  2. Correct me if I’m wrong but the question in the riddle was not how many animals are going to the river but how many are going towards the river. And then the answer should be 5. And for the other quest who left a comment, yes parrots are birds but birds are also animals. Just like insects and spiders are animals too.

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  3. Admin the question clearly states that how many animals are going towards river not to the river. So answer is cleary 3 animals, 1 rabbit and 2 monkeys. Now people will ask about parrots. Parrots are not “going” they are carried or taken. So they cannot be considered. Some will argue what if parrots are using monkey’s as a mode of transport to go towards riwer, agreed if they are with monkeys intentionally then it can be considered as they are going along with monkeys towards the river, but if not intentionally then they are clearly being carried or taken which is different from going. Hence clear answer is 3 animals were going towards river

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  4. Like everyone in comments…the question was “how many animals are going toward the river”. Since “to” and “toward” are not the same thing..I count 2 monkeys and 4 parrots since it says every monkey has 1 parrot in “their hands”. They collectively have 4 hands. The “1” is to throw you off. The answer is 6. The rabbit went “to” not “towards”, and we don’t know what the elephants were doing. 2 monkeys+4 parrots=6

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  5. The final question to the riddle asks – How many animals are going towards the river? 3 is the most accurate answers because all the other answers are assumptions – Rabbit is going to the river. The river maybe to the south, while the rabbit is heading east, before turning south, which means it is going to the river but not towards it yet.

    2 Monkeys are holding 1 parrot – BETWEEN THEM? It does not say 1 each. Both monkey and 1 parrot are heading towards the river. Answer = 3

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  6. Although the parrot maybe going towards the river, while being taken there, it could also be facing backwards so may not be heading towards the river but reversing to the river so the answer could be 2 animals

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  7. Incorrect. The answer is 2 – “2 monkeys were going towards the river”. Intentional specified action of a voluntary mobile & independent nature. No other animal is noted as “going towards…” The rabbit is “going to” the river or saw 6 elephants “while going to the river”, and the parrots were not “going” – they were being carried. The only animals identified as “going towards the river” are 2 monkeys. The answer is 2.

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  8. From the verb ‘saw’, it could possibly be :

    I rabbit WAS going to the river.
    Two monkeys WERE going towards the river.

    However,
    ‘Every monkey holds a parrot in their hands.’ implies two monkeys and two parrots ARE going to the river.

    Questions are more powerful than answers, which might sometimes be arguable.

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  9. I hate to tell you this but you’re wrong it says going towards the river not to the river in the riddle that you said in your own words days towards the river

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