National Geographic : 1951 Mar
In Elephantine Rage Single-tusker Turns, Attacks Keynes's Car What a mighty wallop this cow's tons could deal! Cocked ears and lashing tail warn that the beast viciously resents man's presence. Because an elephant can see better on either side than straight ahead, the monster charges in an arc. Even thick elephant grass only slightly hin ders her mad rush. Had she crashed into the automobile, the impact would have upset it. An adult elephant has the strength of 16 oxen. As elephants commonly grub for food with one of their tusks, or incisors, the cow probably lost her right one while digging up a tough root. If the tusk came out root and all, another will not re place it. But if the ivory broke off, the stump will grow. African tusks are thicker than Indian and weigh from 26 to 235 pounds each. Old bulls with extra-heavy ivories struggle to keep up with herds; sometimes they place tusks in tree forks to rest weary neck muscles. Once elephants ranged much of the African Continent. Today, herds live mostly in the equa torial area. They forage from sea level to timber lines 10,000 feet up snow-capped mountains. Mr. Keynes made this picture in the Rwindi region of the Belgian Congo, south of Lake Edward; the others in Kenya.