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The short list of animals that console stressed-out friends just got longer … and heavier. Asian elephants, like great apes, dogs, certain corvids (the bird group that includes ravens), and us, have now been shown to recognize when a herd mate is upset and to offer gentle caresses and chirps of sympathy, according to a study published February...

Lemurs have identifiable personality traits that are consistent from situation to situation, and those tendencies may have evolutionary implications, according to a new study conducted at the Duke Lemur Center. Ecologist Jennifer Verdolin tested captive gray mouse lemurs, small, large-eyed primates native to Madagascar’s forests, to see how they reacted to unfamiliar objects and foods....