Elephant sisters Asha and Chandra are smart, social animals, but they're typical sisters, Oklahoma City Zoo keeper Dorothy Forman said.
Elephants live in matriarchal herds with complex dynamics.
Even in a herd of two, Asha and Chandra have their own rapport, Forman said. Sometimes they'll stand right next to one another, even though they have thousands of square feet of stall space and outdoor habitat. They'll touch trunks and examine one another.
But other times the social animals want some private time, Forman said.
â€œThey enjoy each other,â€ she said. â€œThey also like their time apart. Like any sisters will, one bugs the other one and they like to go to the other side of the stall and have a little separate alone time.â€