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Behavioural reactions of elephants towards a dying and deceased matriarch

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The extent to which elephants hold behavioural traits in common with human beings is relevant to the ethics of how we treat them. Observations show that elephants, like humans, are concerned with distressed or deceased individuals, and render assistance to the ailing and show a special interest in dead bodies of their own kind. This paper reports helping and investigative behaviour of different elephants and their families towards a dying and deceased matriarch. We make use of long-term assoc...

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Published
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Peer reviewed

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Save the Elephants, Nairobi, Kenya
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"Save the Elephants, Nairobi, Kenya", "University of California at Berkeley, CA, USA"
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Department of Environmental Science,Policy,and Management
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"Save the Elephants, Nairobi, Kenya", "University of Oxford"
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Mathematical,Physical & Life Sciences Division - Zoology
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Publisher:
Elsevier Publisher's website
Journal:
Applied Animal Behavioural Science Journal website
Volume:
100
Issue:
1-2
Pages:
87-102
Publication date:
2006-10-05
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ISSN:
0168-1591
URN:
uuid:12d37736-eaa4-4390-9285-6f64a385e553
Local pid:
ora:5154

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