With the largest brain mass among land animals, elephants are some of the smartest creatures on the planet. They’re capable of using tools to solve puzzles, understanding human language and even feeling empathy. Perhaps the most admirable elephant behavior is their mourning the dead and comforting others in distress.
Their love extends beyond their own species, though, as this handler learned when his friend pretended to attack him. He wasn’t in any real danger, but the elephant that he cared for didn’t waste any time coming to his rescue. Thongsri the elephant is a shining example of the affection that these creatures are capable of.