Me elephants make peace after weeks of fighting over a female

Male elephants shake trunks and make up with each other after weeks of fighting over a female

  • A pair of male elephants in Thailand got into a fight over mating with a female
  • The wild jumbos even had a physical clash during their weeks-long standoff
  • But they appeared to have reached a truce in an adorable clip filmed on Sunday 

Male elephants often fight over dominance, but for these two jumbos in Thailand – their friendship comes first.

After a weeks-long standoff over a female mate, the two male elephants appeared to have made up with each other by a simple gesture of shaking trunks.

Footage shows Kaenggreang, one of the male elephants, touching trunks with his pal, Siplor, to make peace after the duel in Chachoengsao province, Thailand.

Footage shows Kaenggreang (pictured right), one of the male elephants, touching trunks with his pal, Siplor (left), to make peace after the duel in Chachoengsao province, Thailand

The clash between the two elephants occurred when the cheeky jumbo Siplor (pictured left) tried to challenge Kaenggreang (right), a larger and older elephant, said park rangers

The clash between the two elephants occurred when the cheeky jumbo Siplor tried to challenge Kaenggreang, a larger and older elephant, said park rangers.

Siplor, who was in heat during the mating season, attempted to steal a female elephant in the herd.

The two had been watching each other from a distance and even had a physical altercation bumping tusks two weeks ago.

However, they appeared to have settled their differences on Sunday as they came to a truce by shaking trunks with each other.

Park rangers at the Khao Ang Rue Nai Wildlife Sanctuary, the area where the two bulls roam, said they will continue monitoring them for signs they have made peace.

Park rangers at the Khao Ang Rue Nai Wildlife Sanctuary, the area where the two bulls roam, said they will continue monitoring them for signs they have made peace

After a weeks-long standoff over a female mate, the two male elephants in Thailand appeared to have made up with each other by a simple gesture of shaking trunks

 ‘These two elephants have been squaring up to each other and fighting for the last few weeks,’ said Panya Wajade, who works at the park.

‘It’s nice to see they have made friends again but the wildlife team will make sure that really is the case.’

As social creatures, elephants live in complex hierarchical communities. 

Each herd has one female that is the matriarch while males stay with the family until they reach the age of 12 to 15, when they leave the herd and live alone or join up with other bulls.

Male and female elephants live separately and only visit when some of the females are in their mating season, known as estrus.  

When a male approaches, a female in estrus may at first show wariness, but if she is interested, she will then leave the family group and walk with the male. 

The male may chase the female if she retreats and will chase off any other males. 

They may stroke each other with their trunks before the male mounts the female from behind, standing almost vertically as they mate. 

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