Asian Elephants Reassure Others in Distress (video) Emory Health Sciences Share Print E-Mail Loading video... Caption Asian elephants console others who are in distress, using physical touches and vocalizations, finds a study to be published in the open-access journal PeerJ. The findings are the first empirical evidence of consolation in elephants, says lead author Joshua Plotnik, who began the research as a graduate student at Emory University. Consolation behavior is rare in the animal kingdom, with empirical evidence previously provided only for the great apes, canines and certain corvids. Credit Joshua Plotnik, Think Elephants International (www.thinkelephants.org) Usage Restrictions Credit needs to be given to Joshua Plotnik and Think Elephants International Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.