The above is an interesting maths question which is really tricky but fun to play along…..

Question :

1 rabbit saw 6 elephants while going to the river.

Every elephant saw 2 monkeys going towards the river.

Every monkey holds 1 parrot in their hands.

How many Animals are going towards the river ???

What is your answer ? [ Scroll down for the answer ]

Answer :

5 Animals.

If you got the correct answer, well done!!

Don’t worry if you did not get the correct answer, coz we got it wrong too. 😉

Why is the answer 5 ?

Let’s go through the question again.

1 rabbit saw 6 elephants while going to the river. <– Hence, 1 animal (rabbit) is going towards the river.

Every elephant saw 2 monkeys going towards the river. <– This is the tricky part, from the sentence it seems to imply each of the 6 elephants saw 2 monkeys going towards the river, hence logically will be 6 x 2 = 12 animals (monkeys) going towards the river.

However, the statement does not explicitly mention that “Every elephant saw 2 DIFFERENT monkeys…”, hence implicit rules apply and infer that the 2 monkeys are the same.

Hence, correct answer is that every elephant saw 2 monkeys, and by inference, the 2 monkeys are the same, hence there exists only 2 monkeys which are going towards the river !! 😉

Finally, every monkey holds 1 parrot in their hands. <– Hence, 2 parrots are going towards the river.

So in total, 1 rabbit, 2 monkeys and 2 parrots (5 animals) are going towards the river.

Hope all of you have fun with this simple english maths question.

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