Young elephants are just like little kids in one key way- they like to throw tantrums when they're trying to get their way, hoping their parents will take pity on them and give in to their demands.
And pachyderm parents handle these tantrums the same way many human parents do- by ignoring the bratty child until they fall back in line again.
According to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust this tantrum throwing behavior is pretty typical:
"Elephants also display many of the attributes of humans as well as some of the failings. They share with us a strong sense of family and death and they feel many of the same emotions. Each one is, of course, like us, a unique individual with its own unique personality.They can be happy or sad, volatile or placid. They display envy, jealousy, throw tantrums and are fiercely competitive, and they can develop hang-ups which are reflected in behaviour."
-Via World of Animals
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