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This trunk swinging behavior may be the baby elephant’s version of feeling ‘awkward’.
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The seemingly strange behavior is actually common among young calves. It’s most often seen when they're still learning to control their trunks. Elephant expert Joyce Poole says that it could be a type of displacement behavior. She states that the elephant may not be quite sure about the social dynamics of the wallow. Young elephants swing their feet and twist their trunks when they are unsure of their next move.

Read more in "This Baby Elephant Might Be Feeling 'Awkward'"
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/06/baby-elephant-helicopter-trunk-animals-vin/

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