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Reconciliation

Following an act of escalated aggression between members of a family families (e.g. Pushing, Tusking) a third party, typically the matriarch or a close adult associate of the aggrieved individuals, initiates reconciliation. She approaches the conflicting elephants from the side and, while standing head to head, rumbles while Head-Raising and Ear-Lifting (see Affiliative below) and may reach towards the others with an outstretched trunk in an affiliative gesture (Poole personal observation).