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Elephant with Amputated Trunk

Elephant with Amputated Trunk

It was a rare sighting of a 5-6 year-old adult male Elephant, with an amputated trunk & tail. There was only about 6-8 inches of trunk, and no tail. Undoubtedly, it had been bitten off when he was very little--most probably by hyenas, or possibly a lion. (His mother must have been overwhelmed and unable to protect him). He had just left a group of bull elephants, because he was unable to forage enough food. He needed a lot more time.Thus, he was forced to go off on his own. Watching him feed was pathetic. He could not gather--and bring to his mouth--a normally large bunch of foliage, but had to grasp with his jaws and swallow only a stem or two at a time. A very tedious and unsatisfactory process for this large animal!, when you consider that an adult will consume 300 lbs./day. We saw him working in this marsh from dawn to dusk. Another very important consideration is his loss of a very crucial weapon--the trunk! Alone, he will not be able to defend himself from an attack by a pack of carnivores. (A slap from a 200 lb. trunk could kill an attacker). His handicap will prevent his surviving very long. He will die of starvation, or be brought down by predators. [Khwai, Botswana].