Young Female Elephants Live Longer When Raised With Older Sisters

Young female elephants benefit from growing up with siblings, especially older sisters, leading to longer lives and earlier motherhood.

That's the conclusion of researchers from the U.K., Myanmar and Finland, who studied semi-captive Asian elephants born over a period of more than 70 years in Myanmar and found that being raised with siblings had a big impact on the development of elephant calves.

The report, which analyzed data from more than 2,300 calves born between 1945 and 2018, was published in the Journal of Animal Ecology.

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