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REMINDER: It's Time to Accept That Elephants, Like Us, Are Empathetic Beings

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A 2 year old African elephant baby climbs on the back of his mother, one day after the mother died. The baby stayed near the lifeless body of his mother for 14 hours after her death, and wept after the body was removed. *The photo... :(

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Julie E (417)
Monday August 11, 2014, 4:08 pm

Do Elephants Show Empathy?
Abstract: Elephants show a rich social organization and display anumber of unusual traits. In this paper, we analyse reports collectedover a thirty-five year period, describing behaviour that has thepotential to reveal signs of empathic understanding. These includecoalition formation, the offering of protection and comfort to others,retrieving and ‘babysitting’ calves, aiding individuals that wouldotherwise have difficulty in moving, and removing foreign objectsattached to others. These records demonstrate that an elephant iscapable of diagnosing animacy and goal directedness, and is able tounderstand the physical competence, emotional state and intentionsof others, when they differ from its own. We argue that an empathicunderstanding of others is the simplest explanation of these abilities,and discuss reasons why elephants appear to show empathy morethan other non-primate species.
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MmAway M (500)
Monday August 11, 2014, 9:23 pm
Wonderful National Geographic article at site! Thank you Julie for sharing! xx Mm

Past Member (0)
Monday August 11, 2014, 9:53 pm
These amazing animal are more human than many so called humans.

Barbara K (60)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 12:50 pm
Yes, they show more empathy than many humans. Poor babies. Thanks, my friend

Christeen A (376)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 1:08 pm
These are truly magnificent creatures.

Michela M (3964)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 2:05 pm

Elisabeth J Site Problems (50)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 2:51 pm
Noted. Thank you for sharing Julie.

susan a (19)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 4:03 pm
Scientists need to do a study on man's corruption and greed ...something that no animal is guilty of!!!! Find a cure before all these beautiful creatures are no more.

LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 4:03 pm
Noted & Shared. Thanks Julie.

Animae C (514)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 4:23 pm
Thanx Julie

Christine S (134)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 5:27 pm
Sad article, heartbreaking photo.

Tanya W (65)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 6:23 pm
They are better than humans... Animals rule!!! 🐘🐨🐧

Tina F (113)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 9:51 pm
Noted! Thanks Julie!

Krista Slavin (195)
Wednesday August 13, 2014, 1:18 am

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (42)
Wednesday August 13, 2014, 1:34 am
Noted. Thanks Julie.

Ruth C (87)
Wednesday August 13, 2014, 6:37 am
A very sad photo.

Maria S (95)
Wednesday August 13, 2014, 2:15 pm
Noted! Thanks Julie!

Mandi T (399)
Wednesday August 13, 2014, 5:40 pm
Ellie's are awesome!!!

James Merit (144)
Friday August 15, 2014, 7:52 pm
Heart wrenching.... thank you Julie!!!

Melania Padilla (122)
Monday August 18, 2014, 10:33 am
Truly, magestic creatures!

Yvonne F (180)
Saturday August 30, 2014, 11:20 am
Great post!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks Julie for sharing this
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