An Elephant’s Tears

sad-elephantFrom Do Animals Cry?, by Maria Konnikova:

‘An elephant’s tears may be expressing real sadness—or they could be just a physiological stress response, be it to separation from a mother or the related absence of touch. At the end, though, does that distinction really matter? Even in humans, tears can means myriad things—from sadness, to frustration, to anger, to those moments when you’re not even sure why you’re crying to begin with. And human or other animal, no matter if the tears are instinctual or conscious, once shed they attain the same purpose—the purpose of most any bout of crying, whatever the reason: to be comforted, whether it’s by a fellow elephant or a sympathetic human.’

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