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Dominant tusk

The tusks of an elephant are its second upper incisors. They are deeply embedded in the skull and continue to grow throughout an adult's 60+ year life. They are used for friendly sparring, digging, foraging, scraping or pushing trees, as protection for the trunk, and occasionally for fighting. Like humans who are typically right or left handed, elephants are usually right or left tusked.

Healthy adult elephants have no natural predators, although lions may take calves or weak individuals.

Location: Toronto Zoo

Dominant tusk

The tusks of an elephant are its second upper incisors. They are deeply embedded in the skull and continue to grow throughout an adult's 60+ year life. They are used for friendly sparring, digging, foraging, scraping or pushing trees, as protection for the trunk, and occasionally for fighting. Like humans who are typically right or left handed, elephants are usually right or left tusked.

Healthy adult elephants have no natural predators, although lions may take calves or weak individuals.

Location: Toronto Zoo

comments (6)

  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 28 Aug 2009, 01:10
As an adult in my 60+ life, Debola, I would say I'm ambi-tusked! grin
debola: hehe...only a few people are smile
gotta love elephants.
Cheers
Rob
debola: I agree, thanks Rob smile
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 28 Aug 2009, 04:35
Very interesting info, Debola. I never knew that elephants preferred left or right tusks.
And I love the processing here.
debola: I never knew that as well...quite amazing

Thanks Kay...glad you like smile
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 28 Aug 2009, 07:39
So she would be right tusk now smile
debola: I forgot to say...the shorter tusk is usually the dominant one smile
Big and tiny all together
  • Dami Sho
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 31 Aug 2009, 22:07
Love the processing...

Can we see it in colour too?
debola: thanks babe...will post at some point smile

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