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  1. #1 Socialization in Elephant Populations 
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    I knew elephants were very social, as mammals go, but I had no idea that they paid their respects, and traveled to view the remains of an elephant from another family that has died, and do this in family groups just like humans. I have posted a news article on this topic at my blog. (link is below)


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    Now that 15 or so of you have read the story, what do you think nature's purpose is that causes even strangers in the elephant world to "pay their respects"?

    This behavior is really interesting, when you think about it, and open to several interpretations. Why do they do this?


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    This is certainly fascinating behaviour. We do have to be cautious not to anthropomorhise their actions. I would not even attempt a guess at possible explanations.
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