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  1. Elephant Herds Offer Comfort by Cuddling 

    We’ve long known of their intelligence and social skills, but new research suggests elephants share our fondness for the group hug. Joshua Plotnik, an elephant specialist based in Thailand, found that when a fellow elephant is in distress, others in the herd offer up their trunks to form a comforting protective shield. This so-called “consolation behavior” is relatively rare amongst animals, with only apes, wolves and some birds performing similar rituals. Even for the world’s largest land mammals, some problems can only be solved by a cuddle.

    Source: NYT

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