Male elephants usually compete for dominance, but their friendship comes first for these 2 male elephants in Thailand.
After a weeks-long time standoff with their partner, the 2 male elephants seem to have made up with one simple trunk shake.
Video shows Kaenggreang, a male elephant, touching a trunk with his friend, Siplor, to make up after a brawl in the Thai province of Chachoengsao.
The clash between the two elephants occurred when the cheeky jumbo attempted to challenge Kaenggreang. This elephant was older and older, rangers said.
In mating season, Siplor has tried to steal a female elephant from her herd.
The 2 elephants had observed each other from afar and had even had a physical encounter 2 weeks ago.
On Sunday, however, they appear to have settled their discrepancies. They came to peace by shaking trunks with each other.
Rangers at the Khao Ang Rue Nai Wildlife Refuge, an area where two elephants roam, stated they would continue to monitor them for reconciliation signs.
Panya Wajade, who works at the park, said: ‘These 2 elephants have been facing each other and fighting for the past few weeks.
‘It’s nice to see them making friends again. However, the wildlife team will make sure it really is.’
As social animals, elephants live in intricate hierarchical communities.
Each herd has 1 female, while the males live with their family until they are 12 to 15 years of age when they leave the herd and live alone or join with other bulls.
Female and Male elephants live separately and visit when some females are in mating season, called estrus.
When a male approaches, a female during early heat may appear vigilant. Still, if she is interested, she will leave the family herd and go with the male.
The male can chase the female if she retreats and will chase after any other male.
They can caress each other with their trunks before the male attaches the female behind, standing almost upright when mating.
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