Using the trunk to swat insects. Brushing or dampened slapping sounds may be heard as the trunk sweeps against the body or hits at insects on the body.

References: Poole 2011. (Full reference list)

This behavior occurs in the following context(s): Foraging & Comfort Technique


Context: Foraging & Comfort Technique (1)

An adult female gf0223 is walking. She is clearly being bothered by insects and repeatedly uses her tail and then her trunk to swat at them. (Gorongosa, Mozambique)