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Annimal BFFs Common In Some Large-Brain Species May 30, 2014
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Species such as horses and elephants develop powerful "friendships" that help them to survive.
A select group of animals with large brains has been found to be capable of engaging in “platonic friendships,” which researchers say are key to survival.

New Scientist reports that creatures such as elephants, horses, killer whales and camelids can have best friends outside the bonded, complex social groups of their species.

Wildlife filmmaker Adrian Cale told the BBC that the close friendships help animals who find group living stressful.

He points to a behavior known to many horse breeders in which bonded but platonic equine friends will exhibit what appears to be anguish when separated from their “bestie.”

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