Elephants — both African and Asian — are some of the most intelligent and emotionally complex animals on earth. In the wild, they live in matriarchal groups consisting of one or a few adult females (usually close relatives) and their young offspring. Adult males are mostly solitary.
A group of females and their young form strong social bonds and are very loyal to each other. Domesticated ones can include their caretakers as ‘members’ of their group.
Elephant Rescues Caretaker
When Thongsri, a 17-year-old female living at a sanctuary in Chiang Mai, Thailand, saw her caretaker apparently being attacked, she rushed to his rescue.