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Elephants can be pleasant, outgoing and attentive - exactly like humans.
Researchers in Finland have now determined that elephants have differing personality traits, too.
Elephants - Personality - Trait - Categories - Male
Specifically, elephants can be aggressive, sociable and attentive. These three personality trait categories define both male and female elephants, the experts say.
The scientists who worked on the new report about elephant behavior were from Finland's University of Turku.
Behavior - Elephants - Myanmar - Study
They analyzed the behavior of more than 250 timber elephants in Myanmar for their study.
Researcher Dr Martin Steltmann explained these elephants' routines, saying: 'The elephants work in the timber industry, pulling logs from one place to another.
'This - Research - Environment - Population - Hundreds
'This is a very unique research environment and population, enabling us to study several hundreds of elephants.'
Each of the animals works with a designated elephant rider called a mahout.
Report - Relationship - Elephant - Lifetime - Mahouts
The report said: 'This social relationship can last throughout the elephant's lifetime. Therefore, the mahouts know the behavior of their elephant very well and can give detailed information on their personalities.'
Given these relationships between mahouts and their elephants, the riders were asked to evaluate the tendencies of the animals they worked with for the study.
Questionnaires - Elephants - Personalities - Mahouts - Frequency
They filled out questionnaires about the elephants' personalities. The mahouts were asked to describe the frequency with which their elephants usually displayed 28 different...
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