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Do elephants have emotions?

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Have you ever wondered if elephants have emotions like humans do? Scientists say that they have many of the same emotions that human have. They can feel sadness, joy, love, jealousy, fury, grief, compassion and distress. And when one elephant is scared by something another elephant would calm it by touching it with it’s trunk. Elephant can also miss each other when they are not together or when the are separated. Two elephants, Shirley and Jenny, were reunited at a sanctuary in Tennessee after more than 20 years apart. they locked trunks, did a giant, elephant size hug. The even bent the metal bars of the gate that separated them to get closer to each other. Elephants can also help each other to get something they really want. They can also comfort a mom that a loss her baby. Elephants are even the most emotional species in the animal kingdom. These big animals have many emotions to express their feelings with.    

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Hello my name is Karen McKelvey and I am a 4th grade teacher at an elementary school in San Diego, California.

3 thoughts on “Do elephants have emotions?

  1. In class we were learning about how animals have feelings too. I was thinking of the whales at sea world because every time shamu dies they just get a knew one. So how would they feel being taken from there family’s so sad. How would you feel if your family was taken? From, Keeley the animal lover.

    1. Thank you for commenting on my blog post. I would feel very sad if my family was taken away from me. I like your connection to the shamus.

  2. Good job! I think that you did a good job describing the different reasons why elephants have emotions. It’s really cool that after over twenty years apart those two elephants still remembered each other. And they even bent metal bars just to be together. Wow!!!!!!! I wonder what other cool animals have emotions. That should be your next post.

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    Rami

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