Wild Sri Lankan elephants retreat from the sound of disturbed Asian honey bees

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Wild Sri Lankan elephants retreat from the sound of disturbed Asian honey bees

(University of Oxford) A new study using playbacks, has for the first time shown that Asian elephants in Sri Lanka are scared of honey bees, much like their African counterparts.The study, led by Dr. Lucy King, a Research Associate with the Department of Zoology at Oxford University, showed that Asian elephants responded with alarm to the bee simulations. They also retreated significantly further away and vocalized more in response to the bee sounds compared to controls.

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