Elephants help each other out
Steve Connor is the Science Editor of The Independent and i. He has won many awards for his journalism, including five-times winner of the prestigious British science writers’ award; the David Perlman Award of the American Geophysical Union; four times highly commended as specialist journalist of the year in the UK Press Awards; UK health journalist of the year and a special merit award of the European School of Oncology for his investigations into the tobacco industry. He has a degree in zoology from the University of Oxford and has a special interest in genetics and medical science, human evolution and origins, climate change and the environment.
Tuesday 08 March 2011
They say elephants never forget; now scientists have shown they are also capable of helping one another.
Scientists based at the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre in Lampang conducted tests to see if elephants would co-operate to collect food on a heavy tray that could only be moved by pulling two ropes in unison.
"Not only did the elephants act together, they inhibited the pulling response for up to 45 seconds if the arrival of a partner was delayed," the report in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal says.
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