Elephants offer a reassuring touch in stressful times

By Science News Staff, 18:08 PM February 18, 2014

Guest post by Allison Bohac

All animals experience stress, and some, including apes, birds, wolves and dogs, comfort their comrades in times of need. A new study suggests elephants may be capable of consoling each other as well.

Asian elephants at a park in Thailand extended their ears, raised their tails and rumbled or roared when agitated by things in their environment, such as nearby helicopters. Bystander elephants were more likely to approach and offer reassuring touches or noises to stres...

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