Sriram Janak – Photography

Posts tagged “tusks

Tusks…

             

                 

  ” To use silence so well:  If I could choose for people one attribute of Elephants,

 

                                                      I ‘d choose this:

 

                                                                                        ~~ Katy Payne 

 

 

                          The torn boughs trailing

 

                                                                    O’er the tusks aslant,

 

 

 

 

 

                  The saplings reeling in

 

 

                                                  the path he trod …

 

 

 

 

               

                declares his might —

 

 

                                    Our lord the Elephant

 

 

                       

 

chief of the ways of god…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

( poem by : John Lockwood Kipling )


Makhna in musth…

 

 

MUSTH…

 

” excitement , swiftness, odour, love, passion,

complete florescence of the body, wrath , prowess ,

and fearlessness are declared

to the  eight excellences of musth ”

 

~~~ matangalila

Nilakantha

 

 

Makhnas…..are

 

tuskless male elephants….

 

 

 

 

 

During musth the temporal gland

 

of the male swells and secretes a fluid….

 

During this period the males seek out and mate with cows.

 

Musth is sometimes described as

 

” an instinctive desire in the male elephants to fight and even kill, before mating ”

 

 

 

 

 

They are generally

 

big fellows with powerful trunks….

 

 

 

 

A big makhna is generally feared

 

by the members of any herd….

 

 

 

 

They seem to make up in size

 

of body & trunk for the lack of tusks &

 

are generally enormously powerful elephants….

 

 

 

 

It has been recorded that in the case

 

of a fight between a good sized tusker & a makhna…

 

the makhna snapped off one of the tusks of its

 

opponent with its trunk…

 

 

 

 

many males in musth also have a continual discharge or

 

dribble of urine , with damp patches on their hind legs…..