Anyone who remembers the heart-breaking sight of a mother elephant mourning her baby in David Attenborough’s Africa last year will know that grief is a very real emotion for them. They keep vigil over bodies for days and some of them have even been known to shed tears.
Elephants protect the vulnerable
We like to think we’re a charitable lot, and elephants are no different. When threatened by an outsider, the elephant herd will form a circle, enclosing the most vulnerable- the elderly, the sick, the young, on the inside. Lions are one of the biggest threats, and the elephants nearly always stand their ground so that the predator eventually gives up.
Elephants can be gay
Same-sex elephants have been known to mount each other and have also been seen ‘kissing’- inserting their trunk into the other elephant’s mouth. Most elephant relationships are fleeting, however, relationships between two male elephants (usually one older and one younger) have been known to last years.
Elephants have amazing memories
An elephant never forgets? True! Tests on one herd in Africa showed that they could remember the colours and smells of a Masai tribe who had persecuted them, and were frightened and aggressive. By contrast, they showed ambivalence to the colours and scents of the Kamba people, who treat elephants with kindness.
Elephants are altruistic
The world would be a nicer place if all humans practiced altruism. Elephants go out of their way not to cause harm to others. They have been known to sit with humans they have accidentally injured until they are rescued, and there is a famous story of a worker elephant in India who one day refused to drop logs. When her owner came to inspect, he found it was because there was a sleeping dog lying in the log hole.
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