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Elephants Show Special Interest in Their Dead

dimanche 13 novembre 2005

Most animals display little regard for their dead. Elephants have been reported to "become excited and agitated if they come across a dead elephant," said Karen McComb, an expert on animal communication and cognition at the University of Sussex in Brighton, England. The mammals investigate remains with their feet and trunks, paying special attention to the skulls and tusks of even long-dead elephants. But the behavior has never been studied systematically. She argues that her study is consistent with many others that have hinted at altruism and empathy in elephants.

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