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1 rabbit saw 6 elephants

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This riddle goes viral on the internet and especially on Facebook.
The riddle is as follows:

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 ?

1 rabbit saw 6 elephants while going to the river answer:
The short answer is 5

Math-centered individuals are strange in that they can take the numbers in this riddle and place them in an easy to follow equation.

There is 1 rabbit going to the river, so at least 1 animal goes to the river.

Next, on the way to the river, the rabbit saw 6 elephants.
The elephants are NOT going to the river.
Then the 6 elephants saw 2 monkeys walk towards the river.
There is no saying that each elephant saw different monkeys so we have to take into account that they saw the same monkeys.
So this leads to 1 rabbit plus 2 monkeys: 1 + 2 = 3
Finally, each monkey has 1 parrot in their hands.
This leads to 1 rabbit plus 2 monkeys plus 2 parrots or 1 + 2 + 2 = 5
This easy-to-follow breakdown leads to the most popular answer that is 5.

Some riddles ask how many animals are WALKING to the river and then you can possibly remove the parrots since they do NOT walk (They fly, or sit on the back of the elephants).