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Lone & Object Play

Play-Bush-Bash

Running back and forth through bushes or long grass beating up vegetation. An elephant may lift up vegetation and Throw-Debris or Head-Toss and stare out at "imaginary enemies"....
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Play-Throw-Debris

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Throwing vegetation or other object in play.....
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Play-Head-Shake

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Abrupt shaking of the head that causes ears to flap used in playful context when an elephant is feigning annoyance.....
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Feigned-Fear

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Exaggerated postures associated with fearful behavior exhibited during play; Jaw-Tilted-Upward, Tail-Raising, Eye-Widening and Curving-Trunk-Under in an exaggerated manner while often....
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Floppy-Run

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"Running" with a loose, floppy gait, shaking lowered heads from side-to-side, letting ears flap against necks and curling tails up high while trumpeting with a loud pulsating clear or nasal....
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Tail-Raising

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Raising the tail. Fearful, highly playful or intensely excited elephants may be observed to raise their tails. ....
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Eye-Widening

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Opening the eyes wide so that the whites of the eyes show. An elephant normally casts is eyes down. An alarmed, frightened or highly excited elephant opens it eyes wide. This may be seen....
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Play-Kick-Back

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Kicking an object or another individual in play. In play this action is repeated sometimes for long periods as the elephant "messes-around-with" an object of interest. Very often these are....
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Play-Tusk-Ground

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Tusking the ground and uplifting vegetation may be seen in play when an elephant is feigning aggression (12b); Tusk-Ground can be seen in aggressive situations especially by musth males....
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Flop-Trunk-On-Head

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In playful situations standing but particularly kneeling or sitting down, raising the head vertically and then tossing the trunk high in the air and allowing it to flop down on over the....
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Tail-Raising


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Eye-Widening

A greeting-rumble exchange between members of the EA family. Emerald calls first followed by several more distant elephants, then Elfrida, another, and then Emerald again.


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Play-Kick-Back

Greeting between Echo, Enid and Eliot.

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Play-Tusk-Ground

Greeting-ceremony between the EBs as Echo, Erin, Eliot and their sub group join Ella, Eudora and Edwina and theirs.

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