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Asian Elephants Reassure Others in Distress

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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)

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