With the hunting of the African elephant on the rise, scientists proved a new characteristic of elephants with a series of experiments Each year, thousands of elephants getting, shot, poisoned, speared for one thing everybody desperately wants: ivory. Elephant poaching for ivory has gotten so bad that the African elephant is under serious danger. Earlier this month, we learned that the West African country of Gabon has lost more than half its elephants—11,000—in the last ten years alone. The elephants cannot fight against us, they are doomed to lose this battle.
That is why these new characteristics that are observed througouht all the elephant species is really important. In Kenya, researchers have watched mother elephants and other adult females help baby elephants climb up muddy banks and out of holes, find a safe path into a swamp, or break through electrified fences.
Scientists have spotted elephants assisting others that are injured, plucking out tranquilizing darts from their fellows, and spraying dust on others’ wounds.