Sunday, January 15, 2012

Elephant Tusks and Tushes

African Elephant : African elephant cow (Loxodonta africana) and her calf at a waterhole, South Africa
African female elephant (cow and calf)
Indian Elephant : Asian elephant female telling secret isolated on white background
Asian female elephant (cow)

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African male and female elephants have tusks, but only the male Asian elephant has tusks.  The Asian female elephant has tushes, which is an incisor-tooth that sticks out from the lips.  For more information click here.

I've ridden an Asian elephant, but I've only seen African elephants in zoos.  Have you seen or ridden an elephant?

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