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Water Hole Confrontation

Water Hole Confrontation

Elephant: The pushing and shoving of the previous pair continued. This was not serious fighting--just a way for them to 'let off steam'! The only damage that will occur is perhaps breaking the tusk. Note that the animal on the R already has a broken tusk that is white and sharp, suggesting that it might have happened very recently. As an elephant grows older, the tusk (an incisor tooth) becomes more brittle because the tusk's marrow diminishes. [Savuti, Chobe NP, Botswana].