Newsy: Can Elephants Show, Feel Empathy?

A new study examines how Asian elephants console one another in times of stress.


Elephants are capable of empathy,

a new study suggests.


The findings, published in the journal PeerJ, describe how the animals reassure one another by touching and talking to each other when in distress. The study involved studying the behavior of 26 captive elephants in Thailand over a period of one year. Since periods of distress can’t be planned, researchers spent 30 to 180 minutes each day watching and recording the elephants’ behavior.