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Have You Seen This? How elephants say ‘welcome to the family’

POSTED: February 12, 2018 11:12 a.m.
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Elephants are fascinating creatures in many ways.

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THE PRESERVE — Elephants are fascinating creatures in many ways.

Just their appearance is increible with their size, nose, ears, tusks, and skin. But then you learn that they live in strong, matriarchal family units that work together to raise their young and protect each other.

There are unbelievable stories of elephants ramming trains in defense of their herd and working together to save a calf in danger. On top of that, they cry.

Knowing all that, it’s easy to start thinking of elephants as human-like. But then you see a video like the one featured today, and you might start thinking that elephants might just be better creatures than us humans.

In the video, a herd of elephants at the Save Elephant Foundation are rushing toward in enclosure. They do this in a tight formation, almost moving as one body. And the reason why they are rushing is to welcome an orphaned calf to their territory.

The noise is incredible, and it’s easy to hear it as a joyous keening as well as a sound of comfort for a lost baby. The calf is safely in the enclosure for the first greeting, but that doesn’t stop curious elephant noses from reaching in to greet the new herd member.

I certainly got a little misty watching the encounter, and I’ve definitely watched it at least four times so far.

The video was tweeted by @yashar on Feb. 7.

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