By KATIE SCHLECHTER, IndyKids Staff

PHOTO: Aussie Active
PHOTO: Aussie Active

Researchers working in southern Africa have proven that African elephants can understand basic human gestures like pointing. While this skill is common among many domesticated animals like dogs, cats, goats and horses, it is rare for wild animals. The ability of African elephants to understand human social cues could explain why we have been able to successfully train and work with these giant creatures for thousands of years.