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Elephants know how to co-operate


Elephants understand the concept of co-operation and can see when a task requires teamwork, according to researchers.

In an oversized experimental set-up, scientists observed elephants as they worked out how to work together to pull a table of food rewards towards them.

To move the table, the two elephants had to pull on either end of a rope.

Their ability to understand this need to co-operate, evident from this footage, puts elephants in what the scientists described as an "elite group" of intelligent and socially complex animals.

Footage courtesy of Dr Josh Plotnik, University of Cambridge

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