December 9

Do elephants have emotions?

Elephant (Loxodonta africana)Creative Commons License Bernard DUPONT via Compfight

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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Posted December 9, 2015 by Mrs. McKelvey in category Science & Tech

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Hello my name is Karen McKelvey and I am a 3rd grade teacher at Curie Elementary School in San Diego, California. I began teaching at Curie Elementary in 2002. I feel fortunate to be part of such a great community. I love blogging with my students as it provides them with an authentic audience for their work. Collaborative group work and project-based learning are key components of my classroom. I completed my Masters degree in Educational Technology from San Diego State University in 2010. Many of the concepts/pedagogy and technologies I learned about in this program, like learning management systems, Google tools, and blogs are implemented in my classroom. Technology plays a key role in the learning that occurs in our classroom. We don’t learn about technology, we learn with technology. Students are engaged in activities that incorporate writing, research skills, critical and creative thinking skills, and much more on a daily basis.

3 thoughts on “Do elephants have emotions?

  1. keeley

    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. Eliza

      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. Rami

    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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