An elephant lying down on one side. An individual may engage in Lie-Down in the context of sleep or as an invitation to play. Immature elephants may Lie-Down to sleep at any time of the day or night, while older elephants are more likely to Lie-Down to sleep at night. In the context of play older female calves or juveniles will Lie-Down or Kneel-Down, encouraging younger individuals to climb on top, or Climb-Upon.
References: Lee 1986; Moss 1988; Poole 1996; Poole 1998b; Poole & Granli 2003; Poole & Granli 2004; Poole & Granli 2011. (Full reference list)
This behavior occurs in the following context(s): Maintenance, Social Play