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Elephants Hear Warnings With Their Feet! Study

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When a predator approaches, African elephants stomp and trumpet to inform other distant elephants, and they feel the prevailing danger from the rumbling ground! A team of scientists recently confirmed on this nature of elephants.

Elephants can detect in the ground, the vocalizations and foot stomps that resonate at a particular frequency — Caitlin O’Connell-Rodwell, a biologist at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California informed. Caitlin and her colleagues played the ground-shaking component of these vocalizations to elephants that gathered around a watering hole in Etosha National Park in Namibia.

“What we saw was they bunch into a tighter group, orient in the direction of where the signal is coming from, and then leave the area much sooner than they would if nothing was played,” O’Connell-Rodwell explains.

Via: National Geographic News