Elephant Intelligence: Animal Learning On Par With Great Apes And Dolphins, New Study Reveals

Posted by Trish Riley, March 10, 2011

WASHINGTON — Elephants quickly learn to lend each other a helping hand – ah, make that a helping trunk.

In a series of tests, the giant mammals learned to cooperate to solve a problem, researchers report in Monday’s edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Elephants are socially complex, explained lead researcher Joshua M. Plotnik.

“They help others in distress,” he said. “They seem in some ways emotionally attached to each other, so you would expect there would be some level of cooperation.”

via The Huffington Post