As far as mammals go, an elephant has a range of emotions very close to human beings. They are very social, and have been known to hug each other by intertwining their trunks. Some say that, if a baby elephant complains, many elephants from the herd would try to console it. It is also said that, they would pay respects to fallen comrades, and even welcome comrades who have been away. All these qualities make it the perfect symbol for love, care, family, and devotion.
In many cultures, the elephant is considered royal, and sometimes even divine. In some cultures, the white elephant is considered to be one of the reincarnations of Buddha. In India, Lord Ganesha is one deity, and is one of the most popular Indian tattoo designs. In Thai culture, there is a common symbol of a 3-headed elephant, which is also present on one of their flags. One needs to be careful of these tattoo designs due to their religious meanings and symbolism.