Affiliative

Rapid-Ear-Flapping

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Flapping the ears vigorously and rapidly in a raised position. Rapid-Ear-Flapping is usually observed in association with Head-Raising and, often, brief Ear-Folding. This posture is almost....
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Ear-Lifting

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Lifting the ears so that the tops are well above the top of the head. An elephant's ears are usually relaxed and naturally lie such that the tops of the ears are basically in line with the....
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Tail-Raising

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Raising the tail. Fearful, highly playful or intensely excited elephants may be observed to raise their tails.....
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Back-Bowing

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Standing or walking while Jaw-Tilted-Upward or Head-Raising and Tail-Raising causes an elephant's back to appear bowed (54a). This posture is most often exhibited by fearful or highly....
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Reach-Touch

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Swinging of the body and trunk from side to side to during intense social excitement to reach and touch nearest relatives while Head-Raising, Ear-Lifting and Rapid-Ear-Flapping. Elephants....
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Spinning

Spinning or circling around, a socially excited group of elephants turn rapidly toward and away from each other. Spinning is an extreme form of Reach-Touch where elephants may turn rapidly....
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Body-Touch

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Standing or resting with body touching another. Closely related individuals often rest while touching one another or resting against one another.....
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Back-Toward

Turning to present posterior and backing in toward another, usually higher-ranking elephant. This display is typically seen in the context of a greeting ceremony or when joining a resting....
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Social-Rubbing

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Approaching a stationary individual from behind and rubbing the head, ear, shoulder or flank against the standing individual. This behavior is used in an affiliative context and occurs most....
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Bonding-Ceremony

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Elephants engage in numerous exuberant displays of social excitement that function to reinforce bonds between family and bond-group members. These displays involve vocal, chemical, tactile....
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Spinning

Mixed Roar in association with begging; Explorer is trying to suckle, but his family is on the move.

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Body-Touch

Mixed Roar in association with begging; Explorer is trying to suckle, but his family is on the move.

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Back-Toward

Feeding time at the Tsavo orphanage was frenzied with hungry calves all begging for access to bottles of milk and coconut cakes. Malaika was the eldest of the orphans and therefore was the lowest priority. As she begged for coconut cakes. She let her frustration and annoyance at being overlooked known through the tone of her calling.

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Social-Rubbing

Feeding time at the Tsavo orphanage was frenzied with hungry calves all begging for access to bottles of milk and coconut cakes. Malaika was the eldest of the orphans and therefore was the lowest priority. As she begged for coconut cakes. She let her frustration and annoyance at being overlooked known through the tone of her calling.

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