Researchers use YouTube videos to study elephants’ response to death, say they may mourn

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by WKRCThursday, May 19th 2022

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A new study is shedding light on Asian elephant behavior, and the scientists behind the study used an unconventional method to collect the data. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

A new study is shedding light on Asian elephant behavior, and the scientists behind the study used an unconventional method to collect the data. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

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BENGALURU, India (WKRC) – A new study is shedding light on Asian elephant behavior, and the scientists behind the study used an unconventional method to collect the data.

YouTube videos may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about research tools, but scientists at the Centre for Ecological Sciences at the Indian Institute of Science say it helped them learn more about a rare behavior in these elephants: how they respond to the death of a species member, also known as thanatological responses. The study was published Wednesday inRoyal Society Open Science.

It’s rare to witness how animals respond to death in the wild; researchers have to be in the right…

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