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Confront Predator

Perpendicular-Walk

An elephant walking perpendicular to a predator, but with the head held high and turned slightly toward its adversary. This behavior is a good predictor of a real....
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Advance-Toward-Predator

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Purposeful, directed walking toward another elephants or toward a predator with hostile intent that may result in avoidance behavior or counter threat. Sometimes all it takes is one step,....
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Standing-Tall

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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....
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Real-Charge

Rushing toward a predator or other adversary while Ear-Spreading, head raised or lowered with the apparent intention of following through. The trunk may be tightly curved under so that....
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Mock-Charge

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A rushing toward an adversary or predator while Standing-Tall and Ear-Spreading that stops short of its target; an elephant may Forward-Trunk-Swing or aggressively Kick-Dust as it abruptly....
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Kick-Dust

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An individual Mock-Charging or taking a step in the direction of an offending object (elephant, other animal, predator, human being) and at the end of the movement it appears to "stub its....
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Bow-Neck-Charge

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An aggressor lowers head by bowing neck downward and simultaneously tilting head upward so that tusks are approximately horizontal. The Bow-Neck may be associated with Ear-Flapping and/or....
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Head-Shaking

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An abrupt shaking of the head, which causes the ears to flap sharply and dust to fly and is a sign of an individual's annoyance with or disapproval of an individual or circumstance.....
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Throw-Debris

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Lifting or uprooting objects and using the trunk throwing them in the direction of an opponent or predator. (13a) This display may also be observed in play (13b). An elephant's aim can be....
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Ear-Spreading

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Facing an opponent or predator head on with ears fully spread (at 90 degrees from body) presumably for the purpose of appearing larger. Elephants may also spread their ears when they are....
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Kick-Dust

Echo & Erin are startled by a big male who arrives in the group.

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Bow-Neck-Charge

A four year old female in a group containing the FB, EB and EA families rumbles as a musth male joins their group

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Head-Shaking

A four year old female in a group containing the FB, EB and EA families rumbles as a musth male joins their group

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Throw-Debris

A four year old female in a group containing the FB, EB and EA families rumbles as a musth male joins their group

Images: 4