WildLife fact of the day - Elephant's Toes According to Hindu mythology, the world is supported on eight pairs of elephants, called lokpalas. These "lokpalas" are said to have been created by the Hindu God, Brahma, out of the cosmic egg at the beginning of creation. Guarding and holding up the Earth as they are, elephants are now believed to be guardians. Well that was mythology, now for the fact. The elephants are large in size and guess what helps to balance it's own load, It's their toes. Behind elephant's toes is a large pad, called tippy toes which cushion their steps. An Asian elephant has five toes on the front of the feet and and four on the back. This distinguishes it among other things from African elephant, which has only four toes on the front feet and three on the back.