Elephants Rub Each Others Testicles To Relax


Sometimes it seems like our animal friends are a lot more like us than we’d think. A study in 2014 on elephant behavior revealed a pretty fascinating stress mechanism the lumbering beasts have. Elephants have always been known to have some of the highest levels of intelligence and empathy in the animal kingdom, forming complex social groups and working together to thwart predators. It seems they also have an instinctual understanding of the power of touch. When a member of a herd of elephants gets stressed out, other elephants will go to it and use their trunks to rub their faces. If facial stimulation doesn’t do it, they will also reach down under and give their big gray balls a rub, too. It’s unorthodox, but it seems to work.