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Ear-Stiffening

Slightly cocking the ears so that the tops are above the top of the head, but ears are only half extended forward. An elephant's ears are usually relaxed and naturally lie such that the tops of the ears are basically in line with the forehead. An alerted elephant holds its ears cocked so that the tops of the ears appear higher than the forehead. An uneasy elephant may slightly spread and cock its ears while at the same time raising its chin (Jaw-Tilted-Upward) (163). An elephant that is highly socially excited may lift and flap its ears with its head held perpendicular to the ground (See Ear-Lifting under Affiliative). (50)