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Play-Trunk-Twining

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Sparring may be initiated by a bout of Trunk-Twining, a gentle contact form of play where two elephants twist their trunks together in a spiral (Lee 1987). It may....
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Play-Social-Rub

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In a gentle form of play, elephants Play-Social-Rub, pushing at the body, head or legs of another, who may be lying down or playing with another elephant (Lee....
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Play-Reach-Over

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A calf or juvenile reaching the trunk over the back of another as if preparing to mount; this is typically a male who may show an erection.....
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Play-Mount

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Young male calf or juvenile mounting (succeeding in placing his forelegs on another calf's back) another calf in play; usually has an erection. (117c) (See mounting under Sexual and Death -....
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Sparring

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Elephants, especially young males, test one another's strength by placing their trunks on one another's heads and pushing their opponent down and back. Sparring can range from gentle and....
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Play-Pursuit

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Running after another in play with head, ears and tail raised.....
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Climb-Upon

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A juvenile or calf lying down, or getting down on its knees, is an invitation for younger individuals to climb on top. Young elephants enjoy this game of Climb-Upon and wiggle around,....
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Grasp-Tail

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Briefly grasping the tail of another. This is most often observed in playful situations, but guarding males may sometimes grasp the tail of an estrous female.....
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Play-Pursuit

A trumpet by a member of Echo\'s family during excitement surrounding birth of Ella\'s 1999 calf.

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Climb-Upon

A greeting between Erin, Edwina and Eudora after Eudora joins the group.

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Grasp-Tail

A greeting between Eudora and daughter Elspeth and son Esau.

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