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Listening

An individual rarely stands stock still except when listening or resting; usually some part of the body, ears, trunk, tail is in motion. When resting an elephant relaxes it's head and ears allowing its head to hang below its shoulders and its ears to flop forward. A listening elephant stands with its head raised and its ears lifted and slightly extended at an angle of at least 45 degrees. The body and extremities of a listening elephant suddenly cease moving, as it simultaneously raised its head and stiffens its ears. Sometimes an elephant may turn its head from side to side to localize a sound. (70)