A Reassuring Trunk: Evidence of Consolation in Elephants – Wired Science

Asian elephants console others who are in distress with vocalizations and gentle touches, according to a new report published in the journal PeerJ. Anecdotal reports of elephants behaving reassuringly towards each other are common, but this is the first empirical evidence of consolation in elephants.

Joshua Plotnik, a lecturer in conservation biology at Mahidol University in Thailand and CEO of Think Elephants International, and Frans de Waal, of Emory University, observed a group of 26 captive Asian elephants at an elephant park in Thailand. These were mostly unrelated elephants who spent most of their social time together under the guidance of their mahouts, or handlers.

via A Reassuring Trunk: Evidence of Consolation in Elephants – Wired Science.

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One comment

  1. ianscyberspace · February 19, 2014

    Elephants are amazing. They are family oriented and are much kinder to each other than most humans are.

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