An individual adopting a position in which its weight is supported by its rump and forefeet. A sitting elephant may often raise its trunk over its head allowing it to flop back on its head in a kind of Head-Toss. It may repeat these actions several times.  

References:  Poole & Granli 2011 (Full reference list)

This behavior occurs in the following context(s): Lone & Object Play, Social Play


Context: Social Play (1)

Two juveniles from Big Mama's family are engaged in a bout of play. As the clip starts the male calf on the left is in a Sitting position and the juvenile female on the right is Kneeling-Down. They purposefully lean towards one another, pressing their bodies together. The male Reaches-Over the female and she Tusks-Ground first on one side and then the other, and then flops her body sideways and kicks her hind leg in the air. She wiggles about for a bit and then Stands up. The male calf also Stands and then gives her a little Push. (Maasai Mara, Kenya)