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Researchers: Elephants Have Developed A Human-Specific Alarm Call

By Ryan Grenoble

When faced with danger, humans are likely to yell in alarm (for instance, “BEAR!!”) while looking to get out of harm’s way.

So, too, do elephants. And in research published late last month in Plos One, a team from Oxford University, Save the Elephants and Disney’s Animal Kingdom reveal elephants may have developed a specific alarm for “Human!”

By playing audio recordings of the Samburu, a tribe in northern Kenya, to African elephants in Kenya, researchers found the elephants went on alert and ran from the sound, all while emitting a “distinctive low rumble” (click here for audio).

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Source: Huffington Post Green