What a great question! When it comes to
physical pain (like the pain you would feel if you
fell and skinned your knew) the answer is yes!
Elephants have nerve endings just like people
which send signals to their brain when something
hurts. Elephants can have skin up to one inch
thick (check out a ruler to see how thick that
is!) but in some areas their skin is actually very
thin and these areas are most sensitive to
So what about emotional pain (the pain you
might feel when a loved one passes away)?
Unfortunately, I don´t have a very straightforward
answer for this... The answer is we think so.
Actually the question of whether or not elephants
feel emotional pain is something that scientists
have debated for many years. We do know that
elephant are highly intelligent creatures. In fact
the brain of an elephant is very similar to the
brain of a human in terms of complexity.
Elephants also have a wide range of observable
behaviors: elephants have behavior associated with
grief, compassion, cooperation, memory, learning,
playing, using tools and many more very complex
behaviors. All of these things indicate that
elephants are very smart animals! In general,
highly intellectual animals are also emotional so
it is very possible that elephants also feel
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