Elephants “Hear” Warning Sounds With Their Feet, Study Confirms

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: February 16, 2006   View Article

When African elephants stomp and trumpet as a predator approaches, other distant elephants can get the news by feeling the ground rumble, a team of scientists recently confirmed.

The vocalizations and foot stomps resonate at a frequency that elephants can detect in the ground, according to Caitlin O’Connell-Rodwell, a biologist at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.

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