By placing his trunk in his mouth, Koshik is able to approximate the correct vocalizations. Scientists think he may have taught himself to "speak" in order to bond with his human handlers, since for the first five years of his life, he was the only elephant in the entire zoo and literally had shit else to do with his time. However, while Koshik is able to say the words, he doesn't seem to have any idea what they mean. He just says what he thinks people want to hear without having any idea what the hell he's talking about, which honestly doesn't make him much different from anyone currently on television.
Kim Jae-Hwan / Getty
We'd rather be stuck in an elevator with this guy than the Situation.