Today is World Elephant Day. So here's a question: how do elephants reveal their anxieties and react when under threat? To find out, watch this video in which they respond to the recorded roaring of lions.
in this video bunched her herd into a tight group to ward off a possible attack.
We all know by now that elephants are social animals with a strong bond to their herd or clan. The bond between mothers and their calves is particularly close and can last a lifetime.
As this video footage shows, if they see or hear an apparent threat they will cluster together and look to the matriarch for leadership. Small calves will get under their mothers, while older calves press against their mother's side. Older, bigger elephants surround the smaller, more vulnerable ones to shield them from harm.
Just for the record, tourists shouldn't play the fool with recordings, just to see what might happen. All animals should be left alone in the wild.
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