Using the tip of the trunk, or its fingers, to feel the tusks of another elephant. Typically observed between males during Sparring when they appear to examine the size, length sharpness of combatant's tusks.

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

This behavior occurs in the following context(s): Affiliative, Social Play


Context: Social Play (1)

Two adult males, gm0016 and gm0049 are Sparring. The sequence includes the following behaviours as part of the Sparring: Trunk-Twining, Reciprocal-Trunk-to-Mouth, Trunk-to-Mouth, Allo-Check-Tusk (both to the other several times), Touch-Self, Touch-Trunk-Tips. (Gorongosa, Mozambique)


Context: Social Play (2)

Two calves are standing on opposites side of a tree Pushing on it in a prelude to a Sparring match. The younger calf reaches up to check the tusk of the older calf - Allo-Check-Tusk. (Maasai Mara, Kenya)