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
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