elephant baby and parent-explore-dot-orgElephants are known to be highly social and intelligent. Now there is evidence that they engage in something like a group hug when another elephant is in distress — similar to apes, wolves, some birds and dolphins.

When one elephant was disturbed, Dr. Plotnik said, other elephants — bystanders — gathered around. They made chirping sounds and touched the distressed elephant with their trunk.

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