Researchers working in Thailand recently asserted that elephants are capable of empathy and published a paper outlining how it is that they do so.
The 26 elephants involved in the study live in captivity and were observed for between 30 and 180 minutes a day for about a year.
In that time, it was documented how elephants responded to both stressful situations they experienced themselves and those encountered by others in their group.
Following the frightening incidents,
the pachyderms would comfort
one another by gathering closer
and making physical contact.