Holding in its trunk, an object found in its environment, and using it as a tool in order to achieve a goal such as acquiring food or water, grooming, defence or recreation. An elephant may pick up and hold a stick and use it to scratch an itch or remove a parasite, or may pick up a rock and use it to throw at a predator.
References: Langbauer 2000. (Full reference list)
This behavioral constellation includes the following behaviors: Scratch-with-Object, Throw-Debris and occurs in the following context(s): Foraging & Comfort Technique