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  •  I did notice that it still has tusks. Don't know (0+ / 0-)

    for how long...but the point of killing them is to take the tusks so I did wonder about that.

    Tracy B Ann - technically that is my signature. If I had Bill Gates money, I'd buy Detroit.

    by ZenTrainer on Wed Oct 09, 2013 at 03:45:11 PM PDT

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    •  I didn't read the caption when I first posted. (4+ / 0-)
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      claude, ban nock, Little, ZenTrainer

      This elephant was poisoned but there are other reasons that elephants die.

      In Botswana's Savuti, for example, there is a severe water shortage and the drinking holes have to be artificially fed. When I was first there in 1999, there simply wasn't enough water to support the bachelor herd of 80 elephants (big water drinkers!) plus the tens of thousands of other animals in the reserve. They stopped artificially topping up the water holes in the hopes that the elephants would move the relatively short distance down to Linyanti where there was ample water.

      The elephants were NOT happy. They were desperate and stubborn. They stole things off my table at lunch and tried to break into my tent and trailer at night. They chased people coming out of the ablutions. And they died of thirst.

      My American friends pitched a holy fit with the poor park rangers who were more patient with their antics. Eighty elephants vs tens of thousands of other animals. My friends sided with the elephants.

      Life in Africa can be very harsh and not every dead elephant is the victim of poaching.

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