YouTube Videos Are Helping Scientists Unravel a Long-Time Mystery

YouTube Videos Are Helping Scientists Unravel a Long-Time Mystery

Scientists Make BREAKTHROUGH Discovery Thanks To YouTube Videos

( – Scientists are crowdsourcing YouTube videos to fill in the blanks in important animal research. While anecdotal stories hold that some animals, including elephants, mourn their dead, a study on the subject was missing video evidence of Asian elephants displaying the phenomena. They found a host of videos showing exactly what they were seeking.

Asian elephants, elusive forest-dwelling creatures, display what Dr. Sanjeeta Pokharel believes is mourning behavior. Moms carry their dead calves in at least five videos, which the doctor describes as very unusual behavior. Elephant calves typically walk within minutes of birth and follow the herd as it travels.

Other elephants held what appeared to be vigils by corpses of the dead, and repeat visits, sniffing, touching with the trunk, and sometimes shaking are all common practices. Dr. Pokharel believes with an awareness of death comes a complex intelligence. All told, the researchers found 24 videos to use in the study, providing vital information that might have been impossible to obtain otherwise.

Elephants aren’t alone in their ability to acknowledge loss. In addition to humans, monkeys, apes, and dolphins also show signs of advanced emotions and an awareness of death.

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