Touching the tip of the trunk over, on, or in urine or a spot of urine soaked soil presumably for the purpose of assessing physical or reproductive state (either estrus or musth) and/or individual identification. Sniffing of urine may be Male-Female, Male-Male, Female-Male or Female-Female. All age/sex groups engage in Sniff-Urine although males are the more frequent sniffers.
References: Jainudeen et al 1971; Douglas-Hamilton 1972: ch 6; Poole 1996: 137; Rasmussen et al 1982; Rasmussen 1988; Poole & Moss 1989; Rasmussen & Schulte 1998; Rasmussen & Krishnamurthy 2000; Rasmussen & Wittemyer 2002; Poole & Granli 2003; [Test-Urine]. (Full reference list)
This behavior occurs in the following context(s): Advertisement & Attraction, Attentive