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Standing-Tall

Standing or moving with head held well above shoulders, chin is raised and the elephant looks down at her adversary over her tusks with Eyes-Open, and her ears maximally forward. The animal appears to increase in height and sometimes will deliberately stand upon an object such as a log or anthill in order to increase its height. Elephants normally stand or move about with their eyes cast down. A direct gaze with Eyes-Open is a component of many displays. (1) This posture, with the chin raised as opposed to tucked in (see Head-High), looking down over the tusks, is primarily used by females in threats toward non-elephant threats, such as predators and people, as in “I’ve got you in my sights, so watch it”.