Using the trunk to briefly grasp the leg of another. This behavior is adopted by different age/sex groups in different contexts. It is, perhaps, most commonly observed in Social Play when an individual, typically a calf, juvenile or adolescent tries to stop the forward movement of a playmate.

During Courtship, males may grasp the leg of an estrous female to slow her forward movement, so that he may attempt to Mount her. Begging calves may grasp their mother's hind-leg to try to get her attention or to persuade her to stop so that they may Suckle.

References: Poole & Granli 2021. (Full reference list)

This behavior occurs in the following context(s): Calf Nourishment & Weaning, Courtship, Social Play


Context: Calf Nourishment & Weaning (2)

A 6 year old male want to Suckle but his mother is on the move. He follows behind her and uses his trunk to grasp her hind legs. He Grasps-Leg very gently a couple of times she continue to walk and gives a Let's-Go-Rumble as he follows after her with Periscope-Trunk. He picks up speed and as the camera pans out we see him on her other side reaching for her breast. She does not stop. Note the commentary refers to other elephants. (Amboseli, Kenya)