Feb 222014

Asian elephants reassure other distressed elephants by touching them and “talking” to them, which suggests they are capable of empathy and reassurance, according to new research.

According to the research, Asian elephants may console each other during times of distress. “There is 50 years of behavioral observational research out of Africa that elephants are highly social, they have empathy and they can think about their social relationships and make specific social decisions that impact themselves and others.

when “an elephant would show distress, the other elephants would adopt that same state — and we call that “emotional contagion”.

Contributed By Sonia Narula

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