Of all the things elephants think of us humans being cute isn’t one of them. The concept of being cute is only found in humans. Animals on the other hand don’t view other animals as cute and even where different species have adapted to living together, they don’t think of each other in terms of cuteness.
So, do elephants think humans are cute? No, they don’t. But that doesn’t mean that domesticated elephants don’t form strong and lasting bonds with their caregivers.
In fact, elephants are some of the most social creatures on the planet and have been known to grieve deeply when separated from their herd or loved ones.
In place such as Kenya’s Daphne Sheldick Wildlife Trust that rescues baby elephants from the wild when their mother are killed mostly by poachers, these baby elephants often form very strong bonds with their caregivers that are much like the bond between a parent and child.
The baby elephants at the trust have free roam of the property and often sleep in the same room as their caregivers. They also enjoy playing games, cuddling and being affectionate with their human friends.
So even though elephants don’t think of humans as being cute, they are still capable of forming deep and lasting bonds.
While they may not think of us as cute, elephants definitely see us as different from them and that’s not a bad thing. After all, we’re the only species on Earth that has been able to domesticate them. So, in a way, when these bonds are formed then are special.
Elephants Are Emotional
Elephants have been known to feel and express emotions. They are intelligent creatures that have been shown to mourn their dead, grieve for lost loved ones, and show compassion for others in need.
Even in the wild an elephant will help an animal that has been caught by a predator such as a lion and there are several videos showing elephants coming to the rescue of buffalos, Zebras or even hippos that are being attacked.
It is important to note that elephants are wild animals with wild animal instincts and an elephant in the wild can be very dangerous.
Domesticated elephants are usually more friendly and have been trained to be around humans and are much safer. Occasionally though things to turn ugly especially with male elephants when they go on must.
An Elephant On Must Or Musth
Must or Musth is a periodic condition that male elephants experience. It is caused by a rise in hormone levels and can result in the elephant becoming aggressive. Male elephants in Musth have been known to attack and kill humans.
While domesticated elephants are less likely to be as aggressive as their wild counterparts during Must, it is still something that their caregivers have to be aware of and take precautions against.
So, the next time you see an elephant, don’t be offended if they don’t think you’re cute. They have their own way of looking at the world and we should respect that.
But, if you’re ever lucky enough to form a bond with one of these beautiful creatures then cherish it because it truly is a special thing.