An elephant reaching up with its trunk tip to sniff his or her own Temporin.

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

This behavior occurs in the following context(s): Aggressive, Ambivalent, Social Play, Submissive


Context: Social Play (1)

Two male calves about 18 months old have been engaged in a bout of Sparring after one woke the other up. Notice that the male on the left has no Temporin on his left side but Fresh 3 Temporin streaming down his face on the right. Notice, too, that he uses his trunk to self check the status of his Temporin on both sides. (Maasai Mara, Kenya)