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A new study published in the journal PeerJ finds that Asian elephants offer physical comfort when they sense another elephant feeling anxiety. They express sympathy by trumpeting caring noises and touching each other with their trunks. #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-811965{display:none;} .cke_show_borders #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-811965, #postcontentcontainer #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-811965{width:520px;height:383px;display:block;} Animal behaviorists studied 26 captive elephants in a sanctuary in Thailand. They concluded that many elements of the elephants' behavior comfort distressed herd members. This behavior includes high-pitched chirping sounds and putting their...

Researchers have found that the bond between dogs and their owners is more similar to that of a parent and child than previously believed. The interaction of the owner can make a difference in the dog's reaction, as reported by the Daily Mail. Credit: Getty Creative A new study implies that because domestic dogs have been so closely associated with humans for the past 15,000 years, they have started to adapt to the role of main social partner. Researchers in Vienna, Austria, examined the "secure base effect" between dogs and their owners, which had not previously been studied. This interaction is an important factor between parents and their children. "The study provides the first...

We often talk about people being extroverts or introverts. Merriam Webster defines the terms like this: extrovert – a friendly person who likes being with and talking to other people : an outgoing person introvert – broadly : a reserved or shy person Credit: Thinkstock I prefer defining the personality traits in terms of how a person recharges his or her batteries. I'm an introvert. When I'm feeling overwhelmed, I get back on an even keel by going for a hike in the woods, reading a book, or some other activity that isolates me from other people. My friend Jane is a classic extrovert. When she needs the proverbial shot in the arm, she seeks people out; the bigger and more raucous the...

8 Secrets Your Dog Won't Tell You

If dogs could talk, they would tell you these secrets in human language. But they have other ways of communicating these messages, if we are really listening and observing them. RELATED: Translating Woof Into the Human Language. Seriously? 1. I'd rather work for a living than lie around all day with nothing to do. Give me a purpose, and I'll be happy. People enjoy doing work they love and getting well paid for it. Why wouldn't dogs? People also love doing work that encourages them to learn. Dogs are no different. Better yet, turn work into play, and tails will be wagging! RELATED: Do Dogs Enjoy Working For a Living? 2. I don't like to be hugged. Why are you always putting your arms...

Credit: Thinkstock Separation anxiety is a feeling of nervousness, fear, or panic that develops when a dog is unable to be in contact with his or her caregivers. Often, symptoms of mild separation anxiety are missed by owners, since they tend to occur when we are not home or are misidentified as simply being a sign that our pet loves us. Dogs at risk for separation anxiety may: –Frequently seek an owner's attention( through pawing, barking, etc.) throughout the day –Follow owners around the house –Seek comfort from owners whenever something unexpected occurs –Greet owners exuberantly when they return home RELATED: Why Every City Needs a Dog Park Symptoms of established separation...