Sucking on own trunk. Appears to be done when unsure, apparently for comfort. Infants and calves are typically observed exhibiting this display, but older elephants may also be observed to Trunk-Suck.

References: Kahl & Armstrong 2000; Poole & Granli 2003; Poole & Granli 2011. (Full reference list)

This behavior occurs in the following context(s): Ambivalent, Attentive, Foraging & Comfort Technique, Lone & Object Play, Social Play, Vigilance


Context: Foraging & Comfort Technique (1)

A one year old calf is lying down resting. The calf looks very dozy. He puts his trunk in his mouth and sucks on it. (Maasai Mara, Kenya)