Using the fingers of the trunk tip or the distal portion of the trunk to pluck an item such as, a thorn, a tick, immobilisation dart, from the elephant’s own body or the body of another, or to pluck a small item, such as a biscuit crumb, piece of banana, film canister, or other object from the ground or other location.

References: Poole & Granli 2021. (Full reference list)

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


Context: Foraging & Comfort Technique (1)

An adult female uses the fingers of her trunk to Pluck a thorn from her foot. (Maasai Mara, Kenya)