[FoRK] Re: Cows with Guns - Elephants

Matt Jensen mattj
Wed Jul 13 10:29:06 PDT 2005


Quoting Joe Barrera <joe at barrera.org>:

> Why does "he" have an udder?

On a related note, I was once (mis)informed that only male elephants have tusks.
 I would tsk-tsk over photos labeled "mother and child elephant" that showed a
tusked adult.  But the joke was on me.

It turns out that within African elephants, males and females have tusks; within
Asiatic elephants, only males have tusks.  (Or, to make this more related to the
original post, you can say that "in a herd of African elephants, both the bulls
and the cows will have tusks.")

-Matt Jensen
 http://mattjensen.com
 Seattle



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