Elephants are trying to "revive" their dead relatives: this is their reaction to death

The researchers found that the most common reaction was touching the corpse. They also

sniffing was observed.Touch was usually limited to the muzzle or ears. The researchers noted that members of the elephant group also made various sounds in response to the death of a relative, and some even tried to revive the dead creature.

The reaction of elephants to the death of relatives. Screenshots from YouTube videos

Researchers suggest that elephants are not onlynotice when one of their members dies, but also actively mourn them, especially mothers of their dead cubs. On five such occasions, mothers dragged their dead baby elephant within days of its death. Previous evidence has shown that some creatures other than humans, such as great apes and dolphins, react to the death of a member of their group, especially a mother, to the death of her offspring. In the new work, the scientists noted that few studies have been conducted on the reaction of animals to the death of one of them. They noted that it is difficult to capture video evidence of elephants' reactions to death due to its rarity. Explorers can't just go into the wilds and follow the elephants until one of them dies. Therefore, scientists studied the videos posted on YouTube by elephant lovers. In the end, 24 clips were found in which elephants react to the death of one of their herd members, usually very young.

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